FIDE Grand Swiss Chess Tournament: Nihal, Gukesh win; Arjun impresses

In the women’s section, R. Vaishali was the lone Indian to begin her campaign with a win.

(File Photo) R. Praggnanandhaa drew with Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia.   -  K. PICHUMANI

Nihal Sarin and D. Gukesh scored over lower-ranked rivals while Arjun Erigaisi held sixth seeded Russian Andrey Esipenko in the opening round of the $425,000 FIDE Grand Swiss chess tournament in Riga, Latvia, on Wednesday. 

In the women’s section, R. Vaishali was the lone Indian to begin her campaign with a win.

First-round results (involving Indians): 

Open:  Arjun Erigaisi drew with Andrey Esipenko (Rus); P. Harikrishna drew with Vladislav Kovalev (FIDE); B. Adhiban drew with S. P. Sethuraman;Gabriel Sargissian (Arm) drew with R. Praggnanandhaa; Surya Shekhar Ganguly drew with Sanan Sjugirov (Rus); Raunak Sadhwani drew with Ivan Cheparinov (Bul); Nihal Sarin beat Kiril Georgiev (Mkd); D. Gukesh beat Antenaina Rakotomaharo (Mad); Miezis Normunds (Lat) drew with K. Sasikiran. 

Women: D. Harika drew with Nataliya Buksa (Ukr); Padmini Rout lost to Zhu Jiner (Chn); Vantika Agarwal drew with Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mgl); Jolanta Zawadzka (Pol) drew with Divya Deshmukh; Jesse Nikki February (RSA) lost to R. Vaishali. 

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