The 5th Asian Individual Chess Championships began on Thursday in Hyderabad, India. It is an 11-day event with a prize fund of US$32, 500. The top 10 finishers here will qualify for FIDE's World Cup event.
Top seeds are: Krishnan Sasikiran (Ind), Ye Jiangchuan Chn), Bu Xiangzhi (Chn), Zhang Pengxiang (Chn), Darmen Sadvakasov (Kaz), Ni Hua (Chn) Murtas Kazhgaleyev (Kaz), Zhang Zhong (Chn), Peng Xiaomin (Chn), Pavel Kotsur (Kaz).
I've searched the web and even emailed the AICF - but I just can't seem to find a website for this tournament. The only news is coming in from the Indian press. Perhaps readers can tip us to a good, regular source of info.
Aussies will be glad to know that we do have a rep in this tournament - George Xie. As far as I can gather, George is currently on 1 point after 3 rounds.