Nihal masterclass in opener at Chess WC
Kochi: GMs Nihal Sarin, Pentala Harikrishna and B Adhiban were the only Indians who won ‘ game one’ of their first-round ties at the Chess World Cup that began Tuesday in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Nihal, the youngest of the10 Indian Grandmasters competing in the event and also one of the debutants, defeated Jorge Cori of Peru while Adhiban got the better of Venezuelan Iturrizaga Bonelli. Harikrishna, who is the highest-rated Indian in Russia, defeated Cuban Yuri Vidal Gonzalez.
It was however not a rosy start for three others Indians, namely Surya Shekhar Ganguly, SP Sethuraman and SL Narayanan as they lost their openers to Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia, Tamir Nabaty of Israel and David Anton Guijarro of Spain respectively.
The other four, including India No. 3 Vidit Gujrathi, started with draws. Vidit settled for a quick draw with black pieces against Alan Pichot of Argentina.
Game two of the first round that will be played on Wednesday will be crucial, especially for the likes of Ganguly, Sethuraman and Narayanan as anything short of a win will end their campaigns because the World Cup is a knockout competition.
Should the scores be level after the two classical games in round one, tie-breakers will be played to decide a winner.