Julius Baer Era Cup: Arjun vs Carlsen, Praggnanandhaa vs Ivanchuk in opening spherical

Published:Mar 9, 202410:03

India No. 2 Arjun Erigaisi will tackle World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and R. Praggnanandhaa meets 53-year-old Vasilly Ivanchuk within the opening spherical of the $150,000 Julius Baer Era Cup online speedy chess match late on Saturday evening.

B. Adhban will return to the $1.6 million Meltwaters Champions Chess Tour and face rising German Vincent Keymar.

Adhiban is a last-minute alternative for S. L. Narayanan, who certified for this occasion after successful the latest MPL Indian Chess Tour occasion. Narayanan had dedicated to play for Myinvestor Casablanca within the Premier Division of the Spanish Crew Championship that started in Linares, Spain, on Friday.

From the 16-player discipline, eight gamers will qualify for the knockout part following a four-day round-robin league. Within the league, a win is value $750 and a draw, $250.

The 2 finalists will qualify for the season’s last main occasion scheduled in San Francisco in November.

At present, Carlsen leads the Tour earnings with $146,000 whereas Praggnanandhaa is third, with $98,750.

First-round pairings:

Arjun Erigaisi-Magnus Carlsen (Nor); Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr)-R. Praggnanandhaa; Vincent Keymer (Ger)-B. Adhiban; Ivan Saric (Cro)-Anish Giri (Ned); Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol)-Levon Aronian (USA); Boris Gelfand (Isr)-Hans Moke Niemann (USA); Christopher Woojin Yoo (USA)-David Navara (Cze); Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol)-Le Quang Liem (Vie).

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