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FIDE World Cup 2023 R1.2: S L Narayanan, Abhimanyu Puranik, Karthik, Mary Ann and Divya through to Round 2

by Shahid Ahmed - 31/07/2023

GM S L Narayanan and GM Abhimanyu Puranik scored 2-0 against their opponents to advance to Round 2 of FIDE World Cup 2023. Narayanan will face GM Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR) and Abhimanyu will be up against Peter Svidler. GM Karthik Venkataraman and WGM Mary Ann Gomes also advanced. They will face GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and GM Kateryna Lagno respectively. GM Harsha Bharathakoti, GM B Adhiban and WGM Priyanka Nutakki will have to play tie-breaks. Harsha suffered a loss. Neither of four Indian women, managed to register a victory. Round 1 tie-breaks starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Harsha, Adhiban and Priyanka will play tie-breaks

Now that the first two games of the first round is over, GM Harsha Bharathakoti and WGM Priyank Nutakki will have to play tie-breaks against their respective opponents. Among the Indians, only, WGM Nadhidhaa P V got eliminated by WIM Tianqi Yan (CHN).

Both GM Abhimanyu Puranik and GM S L Narayanan are through to Round 2

FIDE World Cup 2023 and FIDE Women's World Cup 2023 Official logo | Photo: Official site

Kaidanov - Karthik

Position after 20.dxe5?

White made a questionable decision to play 20.dxe5? It increased the vulnerability of his king. Karthik correctly executed 20...Ng4 which put in a firm control of the position. 21.Re2 dxe5 22.Rd1 Be6 23.Na5 Qf6 24.Nxc6 Nxf2 and things just went downhill for White afterward.

Position after 24...Nxf2!

Karthik converted his advantage into a full point without any difficulty.

I am excited to play against Hikaru Nakamura in Round 2 - GM Karthik Venkataraman | Video: ChessBase India

GM Karthik Venkataraman will face GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) in Round 2

GM Harsha Bharathakoti (2563) got outplayed by GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO, 2564). Thus, they will play tie-breaks tomorrow.

GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) delivered the equalizer and forced tie-breaks

GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2605) defeated GM Luis Fernando Ibarra Chami (MEX, 2448) 2-0 to advance to the next round. Abhimanyu will face the FIDE World Cup 2011 winner, Peter Svidler.

GM S L Narayanan defeated IM Providence Oatlhotse (BOT) 2-0 to advance to Round 2 and setup a clash against GM Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR) as he wanted

B Adhiban drew his second game against GM Lance Henderson de La Fuente (AND) which means they will have to play tie-breaks tomorrow

Priyanka - Marina

Position after 28...Qb8

WGM Priyanka Nutakki (2293) had a commanding position against IM Marina Brunello (ITA, 2324). However, things changed quickly and her opponent, Marina gained control.

Position after 44...Bxc2+!

44.f6 allowed a nice combination Bxc2+! 45.Kxc2 cxb3+ 46.Kb2 Qxf1 47.fxg7 surprisingly the g7-pawn is unstoppable bxa2 48.g8Q+ Kb7 49.Kxa2 the sharp position created one opportunity for Black. However, she missed it. Priyanka survived by finding a perpetual check.

WGM Priyanka Nutakki will have to battle IM Marina Brunello (ITA) in tie-breaks

WGM Nandhidhaa P V gave her but it was not enough to equalize the score against WIM Tianqi Yan (CHN)

WGM Mary Ann Gomes made a great practical decision to draw her game against WGM Yaniela Forgas Moreno (CUB) as it was enough to advance to the second round
Consistent Mary Ann Gomes beats Yaniela to setup a clash with Kateryna Lagno in FIDE Women's World Cup 2023? Video: ChessBase India

IM Divya Deshmukh drew her second game against WIM Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa Azhar (MAS) to set a clash against GM Thanh Trang Hoang (HUN) in Round 2


The highlight of the round 1.2 would be the elimination of GM Anton Demchenko (SLO, 2374) by IM Gianmarco Leiva (PER, 2374).

Position after 61.Rxd5+

Gianmarco survived the above position for another 75 moves and then drew his game. He will face UAE no.1 GM Salem Saleh in Round 2.

Video Gallery

Vishy Anand making the first move of FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 1.2 | Video: ChessBase India
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 1.2 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
I thought chess is life, I do love it and I want to make this my career - WIM Charlize Van Zyl | Video: ChessBase India
Italy no.1 Daniel Vocaturo tries spicy Indian food! feat. Vidit Gujrathi | Video: ChessBase India

Some nice finishes

GM Awonder Liang (USA) - FM Alisher Karimov (TJK): 0.5-0.5

GM Anton Demchenko (GER) - IM Gianmarco Leiva (PER): 0.5-0.5

IM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (AZE) - WFM Vyanla M Punsalan (NZL): 1-0
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 1.2 Live Commentary by IM Irine Sukandar (INA) and IM Sagar Shah | Video: FIDE
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 1.2 Live Commentary by Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Photo Gallery

Vishy Anand made the first move on both Open ad Women section in Round 1.2

A solid group - 3/4 of them have already advanced to Round 2


Round 1 scores after Game 2

GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) - GM Harsha Bharathakoti: 1-1

IM Providence Oatlhotse (BOT) - GM S L Narayanan: 0-2

GM Abhimanyu Puranik - GM Luis Fernando Ibarra Chami (MEX): 2-0

GM Adhiban B - GM Hendersson de La Fuente (AND): 1-1

GM Gregory Kaidanov (USA) - GM Karthik Venkataraman: 0.5-1.5

WIM Tianqi Yan (CHN) - WGM Nandhidhaa P V: 1.5-0.5

WGM Mary Ann Gomes - WGM Yaniela Forgas Moreno (CUB): 1.5-0.5

WGM Priyanka Nutakki - IM Marina Brunello (ITA): 1-1

WIM Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa (MAS) - IM Divya Deshmukh: 0.5-1.5


A total of 76 games were played in the Open and 38 in Women in Round 1.2. Round 1 Tie-breaks will have 24 games in the Open and 9 in the Women tomorrow.


Round 2 pairings

GM S L Narayanan - GM Yuriy Kuzobov (UKR)

GM Peter Svidler - GM Abhimanyu Puranik

GM Axel Bachmann (NED) - GM Nihal Sarin

GM Arjun Erigaisi - GM Sergei Azarov

GM R Praggnanandhaa - GM Maxime Lagarde (FRA)

GM Karthik Venkataraman - GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA)

WGM Mary Ann Gomes - GM Kateryna Lagno

GM Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) - IM Divya Deshmukh

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