Indian GMs did not have a great time at the FIDE World Chess Cup this year. Most of the players were forced out early and the best finish at the tournament was a third round exit for SP Sethuraman.
1st Round at FIDE World Chess Cup
India had a total of six representatives at the FIDE World Chess Cup 2015, namely, SP Sethuraman, P Harikrishna, B Adhiban, Vidit Gujarathi, MR Lalith Babu and SS Ganguly. From this list of Grandmasters only two managed to enter the second round of the competition, SP Sethuraman and P Harikrishna.
The remaining four bowed out in the first round, however some credit should be given to B Adhiban and Vidit Gujarathi for managing to take their first round into a tie-break and thereby staying in contention for qualification. However, their fate ended with an exit.
2nd Round at FIDE World Chess Cup
With only two Indians remaining in the competition, the second round draw was not such a good one for the Indian chess supporters as SP Sethuraman and P Harikrishna faced each other. This led to another Indian elimination from the competition.
SP Sethuraman went through with a comfortable victory due to an error by Harikrishna in their first game, while the second game ended a draw.
3rd Round at FIDE World Chess Cup
The number has dropped down to one Indian remaining in the competition and SP Sethuraman had a disappointing third round which ended his run at the competition. His defeat came at the hands of Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
That is how India’s journey at the FIDE World Chess Cup came to an early end.