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Tata Steel Asian Junior Open and Girls Chess Championship declared open by Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand

Jamshedpur, September 07, 2023

~121 players from seven countries to take part at JRD Tata Steel Complex from tomorrow~

Tata Steel Asian Junior Open and Girls Championship 2023 was declared open by the Indian Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand and Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel today.

The matches of the coveted championship will take place between September 8 to 15 at JRD Tata Sports Complex. A total of 121 players from seven countries will participate, which includes 58 girls and 63 boys. The countries include Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Russia, Indonesia, Nepal and India. This vibrant international presence will add a layer of diversity and competitiveness to the championship.

The championship consists of two categories - the Asian Junior Open (Boys and Girls) and the Asian Girls Chess Championship. This dual structure ensures that players of all genders have an equal opportunity to shine. The Championship is divided into three categories : Classic , Rapid and Blitz. The championships are organized as a round robin or Swiss system tournament depending on the number of participants. The winners of the open and girls championships earn the right to participate in the next year’s World Junior Chess Championship.

Lauding efforts of Tata Steel towards the development of Chess in India and abroad, Viswanathan Anand said, “Chess as a game is progressing in India and around the globe. From being amateurs at the world stage to scaling top spots in grand tournaments, we have come a long way. The bond with Tata Steel has been long and one to cherish. We have all come of age through Asian Junior Chess Championships and this will be yet another opportunity for the young minds to make bold moves in chess.

Speaking on the occasion, Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Tata Steel said, “Tata Steel's journey with chess began more than 3 decades ago, underlining the Company’s commitment to promote intellectual pursuits and strategic thinking. The Tata Steel Asian Junior Open and Girls Chess Championship 2023 is yet another testament to Jamshedpur's metamorphosis into an upcoming sporting hub. Sports has always been a way of life for us at Tata Steel and such cross- cultural interactions will add newer facets to the game of chess.

Sharing his views Naresh Sharma, Treasurer of All India Chess Federation stated that Tata Steel has rich legacy in promoting sports and has played pivotal role in taking India Chess to an international level.

For the first time, a chess championship of this scale is being hosted in the easter state of Jharkhand in India. This reinforces Tata Steel's commitment to promoting chess and nurturing young talent in the region. The inaugural ceremony at Jamshedpur also witnessed mesmerising performance of Chhau dance form of Jharkhand by the local artists.

Present on the occasion were Van Den Berg Jeroen, Director of Tata Steel Chess India, Pravin Thipsey, Indian Chess Grandmaster, Naresh Sharma, Treasurer of All India Chess Federation, Dharmendra Kumar, Chief Arbiter, Tata Steel Asian Junior Open and Chess Championship 2023, Richa Sanchita, Executive President, All Jharkhand Chess and other dignitaries.


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About Tata Steel

  • Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 35 million tonnes per annum.
  • It is one of the world's most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world.
  • The group recorded a consolidated turnover of ~US$30.3 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2023.
  • A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 77,000.
  • Tata Steel has announced its major sustainability objectives including Net Zero Carbon by 2045, Net Zero Water consumption by 2030, improving Ambient Air Quality and No Net loss in Biodiversity by 2030.
  • The Company has been on a multi-year digital-enabled business transformation journey intending to be the leader in ‘Digital Steel making by 2025’. The Company has received the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants.
  • Tata Steel aspires to have 25% diverse workforce by 2025. The Company has been recognised with the World Economic Forum’s Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion Lighthouse 2023.
  • The Company has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016.
  • Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur Plant is India’s first site to receive ResponsibleSteelTM Certification.
  • Received Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, 2023 Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for six years in a row, 2022 ‘Supplier Engagement Leader’ recognition by CDP, Top performer in Iron and Steel sector in Dun & Bradstreet's India's top 500 companies 2022, No. 1 brand in India in the Mining and Metals industry in Top 100 brand rankings for 2023 by Brand Finance, and ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute.
  • Received 2022 ERM Global Award of Distinction, ‘Masters of Risk’ - Metals & Mining Sector recognition at The India Risk Management Awards for the seventh consecutive year, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.

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