Praggnanandha defeated Paulo Bersamina in the first round of the Chess World Cup.© Twitter
Masters Teen Prodigy and Praggnanandhaa beat Paulo Bersamina (Philippines) 1.5-0.5 in the second match after winning the first match of the two-match mini-match on Monday. The 15-year-old Chennai boy will take on Gabriel Sargissian (Armenia) in the second round. Birthday boy Nihal Sarin tied the second game against Uganda’s IM Arthur Ssegwanyi to win the round 1.5-0.5. The Indian will take on Russian Sanan Sjugirov now in two rounds.
Iniyan overcame the challenge of top Swiss player Sebastian Bogner to secure a 1.5-0.5 second-place finish against Evgeny Tomashevsky.
GM Aravindh Chithambaram VR also advanced, with a 2-0 win over Michael Concio Jr. and an experienced B Adhiban from Malawi Chilesto Chipanga.
The winners in the second round were greeted by Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and P Harikrishna who were greeted in the first round.
The talented young GM D Gukesh, who drew 1-1 with Polish side Pawel Teclaf in a two-match mini-match, will play a draw on Wednesday to determine the winner.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Test, Padmini Rout and R Vaishali joined fellow countryman Bhakti Kulkarni in the second round.
While the route overtook Azerbaijan’s Ulviyya Fatsaliyeva, Vaishali defeated Zhou Qiyu (Canada).
They both won 2-0. The route will meet Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, and will meet Vaishali, Praggnanandha’s sister, Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia) in the second round.
Kulkarnik got a pass from Russian opponent Anastasya Paramzina on Monday.
D Harika will join them in the second round, a farewell in the first round. FIDE World Cup matches are being played in Classical format.
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