GM Nihal Sarin advances to the third round of Chess World Cup

GM Nihal Sarin
Kerala GM Nihal Sarin has advanced to the third round of the Chess World Cup in Sochi. Photo by special arrangement

Kottayam: Indian Grandmaster Nihal Sarin stormed into the third round of the Chess World Cup in Sochi, Russia with a 1.5-0.5 win over Russian GM Sjugirov Sanan.

The Kerala-based teenager, who had drawn his first game with white, won the second game with black pieces against the 2661-rated Russian.

Meanwhile, a couple of young Indian GMs were knocked out from the competition. P Iniyan found the going tough against the 2706-rated Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky, losing both his games in the round and GM Aravindh Chithambaram was knocked out, 0.5-1.5, by the much-fancied GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

B Adhiban advanced with a 2-0 win over Paraguayan GM Neuris Ramirez Delgado.

Nihal will face a formidable opponent in Russian Dmitry Andreikin (2724) who after receiving a bye in the first round, ousted Emre Can 1.5-0.5 in the third round.

The men's edition of the World Cup had started with 206 players in the hunt, including world champion Magnus Carlsen.

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