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Skilling Open Chess: Vidit Gujrathi to open campaign against Firouzja

By: PTI |

November 21, 2020 7:18:30 pm


Grandmaster Vidit S Gujrathi would be the lone Indian within the fray within the Skilling Open on-line chess event, starting on Sunday.

He’ll begin his marketing campaign towards Alireza Firouzja of Iran.

World No.1 Magnus Carlsen heads a star-studded 16-player area for the event which is the opening occasion of the USD 1.5 million Champions Chess Tour.

Gujrathi, the Indian No.3, mentioned he was excited to be a part of the event and taking part in with one of the best gamers.

“I’m excited to be part of this event, taking part in with one of the best within the enterprise.

“It is a nice initiative by Play Magnus Group in uplifting the game of chess and I’m glad to be representing the Indian chess neighborhood on the Worldwide degree,” he was quoted as saying in a press launch.

After opening his marketing campaign towards the younger Iranian with white items, Gujrathi will play extra rounds on Sunday.
5 rounds are scheduled on the opening day and the Indian’s different opponents are: Armenia’s Levon Aronian, Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda, China’s Ding Liren and the Netherlands’ Anish Giri.

The opposite gamers within the fray are: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Ion Nepomniachtchi (Russia), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Liem Quang Le (China), David Anton Guijarro (Spain), Wesley So (USA), Peter Svidler (Russia) and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan).

Fifteen rounds, unfold over the primary three days, will likely be performed within the 16-player all-play-all league part. Thereafter, the highest eight performers will advance to the knockout part.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and the ultimate will likely be over two days every. Every knockout spherical includes two 4-game fast matches. In case of a 1-1 impasse, two blitz video games will comply with. If the tie persists, then an Armageddon sport will determine the winner.

The winner will obtain USD 30,000 and the runner-up USD 15,000.

The Champions Chess Tour is an initiative by the Play Magnus Group whereby the world’s high gamers will compete over 10 tournaments for a complete prize fund of USD 1.5 million. It is going to be performed on-line and can run until September 2021.
The Nashik-based Gujrathi was the captain of the Indian staff which gained a historic gold medal at FIDE On-line Chess Olympiad and is just the fourth Indian ever to cross 2700 ELO score in 2017.

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