World Cup chess: Hari Krishna, Adhiban, Nihal advance

P. Hari Krishna and Nihal Sarin completed 2-0 victories while Vidit Gujrathi and B. Adhiban posted 1.5-0.5 triumphs for a place in the second round of the World Cup chess.

The 15-year-old Nihal Sarin has made a brilliant debut at the chess World Cup.   -  Special Arrangement

P. Hari Krishna and Nihal Sarin completed 2-0 victories while Vidit Gujrathi and B. Adhiban posted 1.5-0.5 triumphs for a place in the second round of the World Cup chess championship here on Wednesday.

Vidit won and Adhiban drew the second game of round one to set up the required margin to advance in the knockout competition.

Bouncing back from Tuesday’s defeats, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, S. P. Sethuraman and S. L. Narayanan scored much-needed victories to stay in the hunt.

As a result, these Indians will be in action during Thursday’s tie-break rapid games. If the tie persists, blitz games will also be played.

However, M. Karthikeyan became the first Indian to make an exit following a defeat.

The results (involving Indians):

Round One - Game Two: P. Hari Krishna (2746) bt Yuri Gonzalez Vidal (Cuba, 2552) 2-0; Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2658) bt Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia, 2664) 1-1; Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia, 2693) bt M. Karthikeyan (2617) 1.5-0.5; Michael Adams (England, 2694) drew with Aravindh Chithambaram (2609) 1-1; S. L. Narayanan (2611) bt David Anton Guijarro (Spain, 2674) 1-1; B. Adhiban (2639) drew with Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (Venezuela, 2626) 1.5-0.5; Vidit Gujarathi (2718)

bt Alan Pichot (Argentina, 2600) 1.5-0.5; Anton Korobov (Ukraine, 2679) drew with Abhijeet Gupta (2609) 1-1; Jorge Cori (Peru, 2676) lost to Nihal Sarin (2610) 0-2; Tamir Nabaty (Israel, 2658) lost to S.P. Sethuraman (2624) 1-1.