Indian chess Grandmaster D Gukesh is set to clash against Magnus Carlsen in the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2023 FIDE World Cup taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan. Gukesh emerged victorious over Hao Wang with a score of 1.5-0.5 during the fifth round of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Carlsen secured a dominant 2-0 win against Vasyl Ivanchuk. Gukesh’s path to the quarterfinals involved defeating Andrey Esipenko in the fourth round, preceded by wins against SL Narayanan and Misratdin Isakdarov, following his initial-round exemption.
Arjun Erigasi successfully advanced to the next round of the World Cup by securing a 1.5-0.5 victory against Nils Grandelius. Erigasi received a bye in the initial round and proceeded to defeat Sergei Azarov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Javakhoir Sindarov, and ultimately outperformed Grandelius in subsequent rounds.
Praggnanandhaa R has also advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Ferenc Berkes. He is set to compete against Erigasi in the final-eight encounter, ensuring that at least one Indian participant will secure a spot in the semi-finals of this esteemed competition.
Praggnanandhaa progressed to the second round due to an initial-round pass. In the succeeding round, he outperformed Maxime Lagarde, and then confidently overcame the opposition posed by David Navara in the following round.
The performance of the Indian team at the FIDE World Cup has been impressive, highlighting the increasing enthusiasm and skill level within the country’s chess community.
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