Viswanathan Anand returns to World Cup after 15 years, eyes Candidate spot


By: PTI | Tbilisi |
Published:September 2, 2017 6:36 pm

Viswanathan Anand, Biel Chess Festivals, FIDE World Cup, Candidates tournament The 47-year-old Indian has gained the World Cup two times at China (2000) and Hyderabad (2002) respectively. (Source: File)

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand set to go back to FIDE World Cup after 15 years with an intention to seal a berth on the 2018 Candidates event.

Anand will lead a seven-member Indian staff on the 128-player Knock Out event, the place the finalists get to play the Candidates event. The Candidates event determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship in opposition to the incumbent World

The 47-year-old Indian has gained the World Cup two times at China (2000) and Hyderabad (2002) respectively. He by no means wanted to play on the prestigious event ever since profitable the World Championships in 2007.

Anand will open his marketing campaign in opposition to Yeoh Li Tian (rated 2480) within the first spherical and if he can surpass the younger Malaysian, Anand may face GM Varuzhan Akobian in the second one spherical.

If Anand can produce his easiest, his first main take a look at will likely be in opposition to England No 1 Michael Adams within the 3rd spherical, adopted by means of Hikaru Nakamura within the subsequent spherical.

Anand had an outstanding time out on the Sinquefield Cup the place he completed joint 2d early closing month. However, he completed 9th within the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz Chess event.

Indian Grand grasp Pentala Harikrishna can also be raring to cross as he is taking on Yuri Gonzalez Vidal of Cuba in his first spherical recreation within the event which will likely be held from September 2 to 27 right here.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Baskaran Adhiban, Deep Sengupta, Sethuraman and Karthikeyan Murali would be the different Indians within the fray. Among others World Champion and No.1 Magnus Carlsen, protecting champion Sergey Karjakin, Ruslan Ponomariov, Vladimir Kramnik can even compete within the event, making it the most powerful World Cup in historical past.

World No. 20 Harikrishna stated the World Cup goes to be a tricky time out because it options the entire easiest gamers all over the world. “All the top ranked players from around the world will be participating this year around and I know it is going to be tough,” the 31-year-old, who hails from Guntur, stated.

“As this is a knockout event I would ideally want to take it one match at a time,” he added. Harikrishna has made an enormous affect at the world entrance within the closing yr and along with his efficiency on the Biel Chess Festival, the place he completed 3rd, could be an enormous
morale booster for him.

Although, he’s out of rivalry during the Grand Prix, this will likely be his alternative to protected a spot on the prestigious Candidates’ slated for subsequent yr.

Harikrishna will glance to take hold of the entire alternatives on be offering as he appears to script his first win with out going into the tie-breaker.
“I am excited that the tournament will start tomorrow and will look to open on a winning note,” he stated at the eve of his first spherical.

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