The online chess team tournament will have multiple grandmasters from across the world participating in it.
The FIDE Chess.com online Nations Cup is due to begin from Tuesday onward. It is the richest online team tournament and several reputed chess players from across the world would be participating in the tournament. The teams that would be competing are as follows: India, Russia, USA, China, Europe and Rest of the World.
The Indian contingent is seeded fifth in the tournament. However, the Indians have a considerably strong unit comprising of individuals like: Viswanathan Anand, Vidit Gujrathi, P. Harikrishna, B. Adhiban, K. Humpy and D. Harika.
Moreover, former Russian chess Grandmaster and World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has been roped in as an advisor to the Indian team. Vidit Gujrathi spoke to the Hindu regarding this. He mentioned, “When the world of sports has stopped, it’s great that an event of such a magnitude is taking place. I have immense respect for Kramnik, and it will be great to work together! The field is extremely strong so it’s not going to be easy at all. We could be the underdogs.”
Meanwhile, the European team has some exciting names in their ranks for the chess tournament as well. Garry Kasporov is back in the mix whereas Maxime Vachier-Lagrave would be leading them. The continent is seeded second in the competition. Vachier commented, “I’m very excited for the tournament and to lead team Europe. Obviously, I’m also very happy to see (Aronian) Levon return to play and hope we put a great performance.”
Aronian Levon is actually making a comeback after he stayed out of the game briefly owing to his wife’s death in a car crash in March.
The Rest of the World unit would have the services of Alireza Firouzja, who is a 16-year-old Iranian boy considered to be a prodigy of the game. Mariya Muzychuk would also turn up for them. The Ukrainian Grandmaster has previously been a World Women’s Champion.
Teimour Radjabov spoke from their front. He claimed, “It’s a try, an opportunity for online chess. Certainly, it’s different than over-the-board chess. But in this situation, we have to try our best and have some chess events online, of this scale. See how it plays out. Generally, it’s very exciting.”
On the other hand, China is being hailed as the favorites to clinch the title. Hou Yifan is considered to be the most prominent woman player in the world. She would represent them along with the likes of Ding Liren, Wang Hao and Wei Y.
India: Viswanathan Anand, Vidit Gujrathi, P. Hari Krishna, K. Humpy; Reserves: B. Adhiban, D. Harika. Advisor: Vladimir Kramnik.
China: Ding Liren, Wang Hao, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan; Reserves: Yu Yangyi and Ju Wenjun. Captain: Ye Jiangchuan.
Europe: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Anna Muzychuk. Reserves: Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Nana Dzagnidze. Captain: Garry Kasparov
Russia: Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vladislav Artemiev, Sergey Karjakin, Aleksandra Goryachkina; Reserves: Dmitry Andreikin and Olga Girya. Captain: Alexander Motylev.
USA: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Irina Krush; Reserves: Leinier Dominguez Perez and Anna Zatonskih. Captain: John Donaldson
Rest of the World: Teimour Radjabov, Alireza Firouzja, Bassem Amin, Mariya Muzychuk; Reserves: Jorge Cori and Dinara Saduakassova. Captain: Arkady Dvorkovich.