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FIDE World Cup 2023 R1 TB: Adhiban and Priyanka Nutakki advance to Round 2

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/08/2023

GM Adhiban B and WGM Priyanka Nutakki won their respective tie-breaks to advance to the second round of FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 respectively. While Adhiban was the favorite to win the match, Priyanka had to defeat a stronger opposition on paper. Adhiban won both of his Rapid tie-breaks to storm into the next round. He will face the former World Rapid champion, Daniil Dubov. It will be an intense battle as both of them are fierce attacking players. Priyanka drew her first tie-break game after an incredible save in her second Classical game. She won the second Rapid tie-break game with ease to secure her place in the second round. She will face GM Koneru Humpy. According to Priyanka, she has never even played in the same tournament as Humpy, let alone face her. This Women's World Cup is certainly a great opportunity for her. Round 2 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Harsha gets eliminated

GM Harsha Bharathakoti could not manage to seize his advantage in the first game and went on to lose it. In the second rapid tie-break, he only managed a draw against GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO). Thus, Harsha got eliminated, despite having a fantastic start with a win in the first Classical game.

WGM Priyanka Nutakki is having a great debut so far at the FIDE Women's World Cup 2023

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

Lance - Adhiban, Tie-break 1

Position after 8.Bf4

GM Adhiban (2587) decided to grab pawn early in the opening 8...Bxf4 9.gxf4 dxc4. His opponent GM Lance Henderson de La Fuente (AND, 2517) could not manage to get enough compensation for it and Adhiban went on to win the game. He won the second game too when Lance missed a tactic and Adhiban gobbled up another pawn.

I managed to hold on to the pawn like Greedy VD style - Adhiban | Video: ChessBase India

GM B Adhiban will face former World Rapid champion, GM Daniil Dubov tomorrow

Levan - Harsha, Tie-break 1

Position after 42.f4

GM Harsha Bharathakoti (2563) had a good position for the better part of the middlegame against GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO, 2564). However, his incorrect response to 42.f4 allowed White to get back in the game 42...Na4 43.Rxa4 Rxa4 44.fxe5 Qxe5 45.Nf3 Qf6 46.Qxd4 the force of queen exchange evaporated all advantage Black had before. Harsha drew the second game and got eliminated.

GM Harsha Bharathakoti could not capitalize on his opportunity in the first game

Priyanka - Marina, Tie-break 2

Position after 15...Qd7?

IM Marina Brunello (ITA, 2324) made a tiny inaccuracy 15...Qd7? Her opponent WGM Priyanka Nutakki (2293) had no trouble correctly spotting her opportunity. Find out what White played to gain an upper hand. Rest was quite easy as Priyanka mentioned in the post-match interview.

I haven't even played same tournament with Koneru Humpy - WGM Priyanka Nutakki | Video: ChessBase India
21-year-old WGM Priyanka Nutakki takes on Italy no.1 - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

WGM Priyanka Nutakki will face GM Koneru Humpy in Round 2


The highlight of the day would be GM Ilia Smirin's (ISR, 2595) sixth tie-break game win against GM Santiago Avila Pavas (COL, 2499).

Position after 30.Rg6

30.Rg6 could very well be an early contender for move of the tournament.

That juicy final move - GM Ilia Smirin (ISR) vs GM Santiago Avila Pavas (COL) | Video: ChessBase India
The most stressful game of World Cup 2023 Round 1 - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Video Gallery

FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 1 TB starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
This is maybe the most tense tournament of my career so far - GM Luis Paulo Supi | Video: ChessBase India
The CEO of Singapore Chess Federation who is a GM and also played at the World Cup 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
She is an IM and has two GM-norms and is determined to be a GM - Irene Sukandar | Video: ChessBase India
Tech Designer who started Chess in Schools in Nigeria - IM Balogun Oluwafemi Daniel | Video: ChessBase India
I was happy about the result - Uganda no.3 Haruna Nsubuga on his draw against GM Jules Moussard | Video: ChessBase India
Chess is going places every time we show up at the World Cup - IA FI Mwaka Emmanuel, President, Uganda Chess Federation | Video: ChessBase India
FM Rupesh Jaiswal becomes the first-ever player from Nepal to play at FIDE World Cup 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
Austin Yang Ching Wei becomes the first person from Chinese Taipei to play at FIDE World Cup 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 1 TB Live Commentary by IM Irine Sukandar (INA) and IM Sagar Shah | Video: FIDE
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 1 TB Live Commentary by Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Photo Gallery

Romeo Mikautadze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, made the ceremonial first move on IM Melia Salome (GEO) and WIM Kathie Goular Librelato's (BRA) board in the Women and... | Photo: Stev Bonhage/FIDE

on GM Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ) and GM Luka Paichadze's (GEO) board in the Women | Photo: Stev Bonhage/FIDE

Can you guess how many of these South American GMs and IMs have advanced to Round 2?

Round 1 scores after Tie-break games

GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) - GM Harsha Bharathakoti: 2.5-1.5

GM Adhiban B - GM Hendersson de La Fuente (AND): 3-1

WGM Priyanka Nutakki - IM Marina Brunello (ITA): 2.5-1.5


A total of 74 games were played in the Open and 20 in Women in Round 1 TB.

Round 2 pairings

GM Daniil Dubov - GM Adhiban B

GM Koneru Humpy - WGM Priyanka Nutakki


The remaining Indian pairings were already revealed on the previous day's report.

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