Chess World Cup: Grandmasters enter spherical 3: Indian Grandmasters R Praggnanandhaa, B Adhiban and Nihal Sarin sailed into the third spherical of the lads’s occasion within the FIDE chess World Cup right here on Friday.
The 15-year-old Praggnanandha gained the second recreation of the two-game mini match in opposition to the skilled Armenian Gabriel Sargissian to wrap up a 2-0 win. He’ll face Michal Krasenkow of Poland subsequent.
Adhiban bought previous Neuris Delgado Ramirez of Paraguay by a 2-0 margin. After having romped to victory in 22 strikes within the first recreation, the Indian GM needed to struggle laborious earlier than successful the second recreation in 58 strikes.
Adhiban will face the winner of the match between Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Alexander Fier, who play the tiebreak on Saturday.
The highly-rated Gujrathi will struggle it out within the tie-break on Saturday after his match in opposition to Fier (Brazil) ended at 1-1 with each video games being drawn.
The 17-year outdated Nihal Sarin quelled the problem of Sanan Sjugirov 1.5-0.5 to guide a spot within the third spherical.
Nevertheless, P Iniyan crashed out of the match, shedding to higher-rated Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky 0-2. So did fellow Indian Aravindh Chithambaram VR as he went down 0.5-1.5 to Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
Within the ladies’s part, D Harika is thru to the subsequent spherical after her Indonesian opponent Media Warda Aulia withdrew from the occasion over well being issues.
American GM Fabiano Caruana entered the third spherical after Indonesian GM Megaranto Susanto’s forfeit following a constructive COVID-19 check outcome.
In the meantime, GM Levon Aronian, the third highest rated participant within the fray, withdrew from the match.
“Pricey all, with remorse I’ve to tell you about my withdrawal from the FIDE World Cup 2021. Having a excessive fever and tonsillitis, regardless of my nice want to play, I’ve to be rational and put mine, and the well being of others first,” he tweeted.
“Please care for your self, and hopefully the match will proceed with none misfortunes,” the Armenian GM added.