D. Gukesh, the second youngest Grandmaster in chess historical past, has gained a wild card for the World Cup starting in Sochi, Russia, on July 12.
Gukesh, 15, is the primary among the many 4 nominees of the FIDE president for the occasion.
Gukesh is worthy of being one of many wild playing cards following his splendid show to tie with fellow-teen Grandmaster P. Iniyan for the highest spot within the Indian World Cup qualifier. Iniyan’s victory over Gukesh proved the tie-breaker for the title.
“We, at the All India Chess Federation, are very happy that the FIDE president has accepted our request for a wild card,” stated AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan on Friday.
“Gukesh richly deserves this place in the World Cup. The AICF had requested for the inclusion of Nihal Sarin too,” he added.
P. Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, B. Adhiban, Aravindh Chitambaram, Iniyan and Gukesh will type the Indian problem within the open part.
In the ladies’s part, D. Harika, Padmini Rout, Bhakti Kulkarni and R. Vaishali will participate.
Grandmasters Abhijit Kunte and N. Srinath will accompany the staff as trainers. The squad will depart on July 10.