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FIDE Grand Swiss 2021 starts today

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/10/2021

15 Indian players will be seen in action at FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2021, starting at Riga, Latvia today. Harikrishna, Adhiban and Harika are the players who qualified by average rating criteria between July 2020 and June 2021. Sasikiran, Sethuraman and Vaishali made it from the reserve players list. The remaining nine players are Wild Card entrants - Nihal, Gukesh, Arjun Erigaisi, Praggnanandhaa, Raunak, Padmini, Vantika and Divya. 107 GMs and an IM from 36 countries with an average rating 2639 are taking part in the Open. The Women's event witnesses 15 GMs, 20 IMs and 9 WGMs from 23 countries across the world with an average rating of 2405 should give you an idea about the strength and importance of the event. Round 1 starts today at 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

Harikrishna and Harika will lead the Indian charge

FIDE Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss got an exemption from the new coronavirus restrictions in Latvia. It will proceed with a strict health safety measures. Apart from Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi who have next month's World Championship Match to prepare for, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So are among the world top 10 who are skipping this event. It means Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Alireza Firouzja and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only four players among world top 10, who will fight for two direct qualification spot to the FIDE Candidates 2022.

The Wild Cards - GMs Raunak Sadhwani, Arjun Erigaisi, D Gukesh and WGM Divya Deshmukh | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

FIDE Grand Swiss 2021 official logo | Photo: FIDE

Indian players

Harikrishna, Adhiban, Nihal, Gukesh, Sasikiran, Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Praggnanandhaa, Surya and Raunak will play in the Open section, FIDE Grand Swiss. IMs Vaishali, Padmini and WGMs Vantika and Divya will play in the Women's section, FIDE Women's Grand Swiss.

7GMHarikrishna Pentala2719IND0,07Open
25GMAdhiban B.2672IND0,025Open
41GMNihal Sarin2652IND0,041Open
53GMGukesh D2640IND0,053Open
54GMSasikiran Krishnan2640IND0,054Open
60GMErigaisi Arjun2634IND0,060Open
79GMSethuraman S.P.2620IND0,079Open
81GMPraggnanandhaa R2618IND0,081Open
82GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2617IND0,082Open
84GMSadhwani Raunak2609IND0,084Open
4GMHarika Dronavalli2511IND0,04Women
25WGMVaishali R2419IND0,025Women
40IMPadmini Rout2380IND0,040Women
46WIMVantika Agrawal2322IND0,046Women
47WIMDivya Deshmukh2305IND0,047Women


Round 1 pairings

The first round 1 has a lot of interesting pairings. The most notable being Arjun Erigaisi facing Andrey Esipenko on board no.6 and Adhiban going against his fellow countryman Sethuraman.

Rd.Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
GMErigaisi ArjunIND263400GMEsipenko AndreyRUS2720
GMHarikrishna PentalaIND271900GMKovalev VladislavFID2634
GMAdhiban B.IND267200GMSethuraman S.P.IND2620
GMSargissian GabrielARM266400GMPraggnanandhaa RIND2618
GMGanguly Surya ShekharIND261700GMSjugirov SananRUS2663
GMSadhwani RaunakIND260900GMCheparinov IvanBUL2659
GMNihal SarinIND265200GMGeorgiev KirilMKD2577
GMGukesh DIND264000IMRakotomaharo Fy AntenainaMAD2484
GMMiezis NormundsLAT246700GMSasikiran KrishnanIND2640
GMHarika DronavalliIND251100IMBuksa NataliyaUKR2409
IMPadmini RoutIND238000WGMZhu JinerCHN2455
WIMVantika AgrawalIND232200IMMunguntuul BatkhuyagMGL2433
WGMZawadzka JolantaPOL242800WIMDivya DeshmukhIND2305
WIMFebruary Jesse NikkiRSA185700WGMVaishali RIND2419

Complete Round 1 pairings: Open and Women


Everyday game starts at 2 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. IST) between 27th October and 7th November 2021. Rest day is on Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

Time Control

The time control for each game is: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.


The top two players in the open event will qualify for the FIDE Candidates 2022. The next six players will earn their spots in the FIDE Grand Prix. The Women's Grand Swiss winner will qualify to the Women's Candidates. The following four best players will qualify for the FIDE Women's Grand Prix.


The total prize fund in the Open is US$ 425,000 with the first prize being $70,000. For Women's the total prize fund is $125,000, first prize $20,000. Total numbers of prizes are 60, Open - 40 and Women - 20.

Photo Gallery

Players relaxing with their friends and acquaintances | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

Poland no.2 GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek knows that fitness is the key | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

Inauguration Ceremony in progress | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

Top seed among the Women - GM Mariya Muzychuk drew black at the Draw of Colors | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

Mihail Tal's memorial | Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE

Players who announced their withdrawal

Speed King and World no.2 in Blitz, GM Hikaru Nakamura was the first top player to withdraw from the event

World no. 22 and India no.2, GM Vidit Gujrathi also withdrew from the tournament

Indian players' updates from Riga

GM Adhiban Baskaran

GM Sethuraman S P

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly

GM Raunak Sadhwani

IM Padmini Rout


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Chess-results: Open and Women

Tournament Regulations: Open and Women

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