Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi gained a ‘wildcard’ to be part of the elite 16-player field, headed by World champion Magnus Carlsen, in the Opera Euro Rapid online chess tournament from February 6 to 14.

The field comprises the top eight players from the $1.5 million Champions Tour standings, two by public voting, and six wildcards.

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After three days of preliminary round-robin league, the top-eight placed players will battle it out on a knockout basis for the $30,000 winner’s prize.

The players: Magnus Carlsen (Nor), Ding Liren (Chn), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra), Levon Aronian (Arm), Alexander Grischuk (Rus), Wesley So (USA), Tiemour Radjabov (Aze), Anish Giri (Ned), Leinier Domingues (USA), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Vidit Gujrathi, Daniil Dubov (Rus), Sam Shankland (USA) and Matthias Bluebaum (Ger)