Gurbasch ChanderPaul is back on the world chess tour after a year away after he was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
The 34-year-old Indian, who has won the World Chess Championship three times and is a world number two, will play the French Open in January.
He has been a key player for Indian teams such as M.G.
T and Chennai Super Kings, and the Indian team has been at the World Championship in Brazil twice in the past.
In the semi-final of the French Championship, he took out the world number one Veselin Topalov in straight sets, taking the game 1-0 in the third and losing in the deciding set.
Chanderpunch’s loss was a shock for the Indian chess community.
He had a strong performance in the semi finals against the top Indian player, Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
In the final, he played out a solid match against the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.