Tata Steel Chess: Harikrishna faces Frenchman Vachier in opener

The year's first over-the-board round-robin event which begins on Saturday, presents a mix of established names and younger, supremely-talented Grandmasters.

Harikrishna

Ranked 22nd in the world, seventh seed Harikrishna is part of a 14-player field that includes World No 1 Magnus Carlsen with the tournament set to begin on Saturday.   -  File Photo ( Biel Chess)

Grandmaster P. Harikrishna will open his campaign against third seed and French No. 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the elite Tata Steel chess tournament at De Moriaan, in the Netherlands on Saturday.

Ranked 22nd in the world, seventh seed Hari is part of a 14-player field that includes World No 1 Magnus Carlsen and second-ranked Fabiano Caruana. The year's first over-the-board round-robin event presents a fine mix of established names and some younger, supremely-talented Grandmasters.

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As per the pairings released late on Friday, Carlsen faces talented Iranian Alireza Firouzja and Caruana takes on Dutchman Jorden Van Foreest. Anish Giri, seeded four, plays Carlsen’s compatriot AryanTari.

First-round pairings: P. Harikrishna v Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra); Magnus Carlsen (Nor) v Alireza Firouzja (FIDE); Fabiano Caruana (USA) v Jorden Van Foreest (Ned); Anish Giri (Ned) v Aryan Tari (Nor); Radosław Wojtaszek (Pol) v David Anton Guijarro (Esp); Andrey Esipenko
(Rus) v Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol). Nils Grandelius (Swe) v Alexander Donchenko (Ger).

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