Online World Cadets & Youth Rapid Meet: Nihal Sarin, Gukesh advance to semifinals

Online World Cadets & Youth Rapid Meet: Nihal Sarin, Gukesh advance to semifinals

December 22, 2020

Four Indians, including Grand Masters (GMs), Nihal Sarin and D. Gukesh, advanced to the semifinals of the FIDE Online World Cadets and Youth Rapid Chess Championships in their respective categories yesterday.

Only four of the 12 Indian players who made the quarterfinals stage in various categories managed to reach the last four. 

The highly-rated Sarin (Elo rating 2620) was in impressive form as he beat Justin Wang (USA) 1.5-0.5 in the last eight clash of the Open U-18 section. 

In the U-14 section, Gukesh eliminated compatriot V. Pravav 2-1 via the Armageddon (sudden death tie-break). 

He won the first game and lost the second before pipping Pranav to book a semifinal spot.

The two other Indians to book berths in the last four were Rakshitta Ravi (Girls U-16) and Mrinmoy Rajkhowa (Open U-10).

Rakshitta got the better of Ineymig Hernandez Gil of Cuba 2-1 while Mrinmoy made short work of America’s Ryo Chen 2-0.

Games are played in best of two Rapid 15 mins + 10 seconds increment in the tournament where a 1-1 tie will result in the Armageddon.


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