Pairings for World Cup 2017 released
The World Cup 2017 is going to be held from the 2nd of September to 29th of September in the city of Tbilisi in Georgia. Top two finishers from this 128-player knock-out event will qualify to the Candidates 2018. Seven Indians have qualified for the tournament. They are Vishy Anand, Pentala Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, B. Adhiban, S.P. Sethuraman, Deep Sengupta and Karthikeyan Murali. On 7th of August FIDE released the pairings of the event, which we present to you.
Vishy Anand to face Malaysian number one Yeoh Li Tian
It's going to be an exciting World Cup for Indian fans. Especially because we have seven players competing in this 128 player knock out event and also as ChessBase India's Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal will be at the venue bringing in-depth coverage. FIDE released the pairings for the World Cup today, and this is how it looks:
Vishy Anand - Yeoh Li Tian (2478)
Harikrishna Pentala - Gonzalez Yuri Vidal (2543)
Vidit Gujrathi - Delgado Ramirez Neuris (2614)
Adhiban Baskaran - Nguyen Ngoc Truongson (2629)
Sethuraman S.P - Ruslan Ponomariov (2692)
Deep Sengupta - Wang Hao (2702)
Karthikeyan Murali - Francesco Vallejo Pons (2717)
Anand and Hari made it thanks to their Elo ratings. Sethu won the Asian Continental 2016 while Deep finished fifth in that same event. Vidit managed third spot in Asian Continental 2017 to qualify. Karthikeyan Murali is the reigning National Champion and Adhiban received the FIDE President's wild card nomination.