Ni­hal master­class in opener at Chess WC

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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.

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