5 Indians Through To Round 2, While 5 Exit At 2019 FIDE World Cup
5 Indians have advanced to round 2 at the FIDE World Cup

5 Indians Through To Round 2, While 5 Exit At 2019 FIDE World Cup

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The 2019 FIDE World Cup kicked off in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. A total of 128 players from different parts of the world flocked to this Siberian city for this knockout event. The two finalists of this prestigious event will win the two coveted berths at the upcoming 2020 Candidates event to determine World Champion Magnus Carlsen's next challenger.

The beautiful playing hall in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
The beautiful playing hall in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Photo: FIDE

More information about the world cup can be found here. In depth daily overall reports are written by Peter Doggers, Chess.com's Director of Content. These reports are per round reports and will pertain specifically to Indians and their performance at this important event.

The darling of the event, 15-year-old Nihal Sarin who recently signed a huge sponsorship deal with Akshayakalpa, made headlines as he crushed his higher rated Peruvian opponent with a white-wash score of 2-0.

Nihal Sarin crushed his Peruvian opponent 2-0. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com
Nihal Sarin crushed his Peruvian opponent 2-0. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com
Vidit played a fine game with white and beat his opponent 1.5-0.5

Vidit played a fine game with white and beat his opponent 1.5-0.5. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com
Aravindh Chittamabaram played a fantastic game to beat former World #4 Michael Adams in a marathon tiebreak, | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com
GM Aravindh Chittambaram played a fantastic game to beat former World #4 Michael Adams in a marathon tiebreak, | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com
The last blitz game between Aravindh and Michael Adams :
 
Round 1 for Indians:
GM Harikrishna Pentala (India) 2-0 GM Yuri Gonzalez (Cuba)
GM Vidit Gujrathi (India) 1.5-0.5 GM Alan Pichot (Argentina)
GM Adhiban Baskaran (India) 1.5-0.5 GM Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela)
GM Nihal Sarin (India)

2-0

GM Jorge Cori (Peru)

GM Aravindh Chittambaram Vr. (India) 4.5-3.5 GM Michael Adams (England)
GM Abhijeet Gupta (India) 2-4 GM Anton Korobov (Ukraine)
GM Murali Karthikeyan (India) 0.5-1.5 GM Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia)
GM SL Narayanan (India) 1.5-2.5 GM David Anton Guijjaro (Spain)
GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly (India) 2-4 GM Vladmir Fedossev
GM Sethuraman SP (India) 1-3 GM Tamir Nabaty (Israel)

 
FM Niranjan Navalgund gives a brief round one recap for all Indians. He shows the most critical positions, blunders and tactics related only to Indians in this special segment.
For more such videos you can also follow his Twitch channel Chessophile. He is India's first streamer for Chess.com and now has already become a twitch affiliate!

The Indian contingent is in high spirits after round one in Russia. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com
The Indian contingent is in high spirits after round one in Russia. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com

You can follow the games here as part of our live portal Chess.com/events. There is daily coverage by our Twitch partner, the Chessbrahs.

GMs Yasser Seirawan, Eric Hansen and Aman Hambleton are covering the tournament each day on their channel Twitch.tv/Chessbrah. Play starts at 3 p.m. local time, which is 12:00 (noon) CEST, 6 a.m. Eastern and 3 a.m. Pacific.

The FIDE World Cup takes place Sept. 9-Oct 4 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Each round consists of two classical games and a tiebreak on the third day. The final consists of four classical games. Both finalists will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' Tournament. The total prize fund is $1.6 million (1.45 million euros). Sept. 19 and 29 are rest days. You can find more background info in our preview article.