A total of 15 qualifiers, including generic GM Alexander Grischuk of Russia, qualified to take on seven-time world champion and defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the 2nd Katara International Chess Tournament 2021 which kicked off on Sunday.
Qualifiers emerged from 5,143 participants from around the world. Grischuk was granted the wild card by the organizers – the Qatar Chess Federation (QCF) in cooperation with the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara – given his stature as world No.7 and FIDE rating (2776 ).
With $ 12,800 in prizes up for grabs, the action continues today with the Online Bullet Chess knockout final on
The top seven of two arena qualifiers (# 1, # 2) fought for the right to join Carlsen and Grischuk in the 16-man Knockout final.
The star power in both events was out of the ordinary with GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Andrew Tang, GM Ray Robson, GM Nihal Sarin, GM Praggnanandhaa, GM Dimitry Andreikin, GM Vladislav Artemiev and many more. struggling with fierce competition.
Once the dust settles, the 14 qualified to make the list are: GM Vladislav Artemiev (RUS), IM Thomas Beerdsen (NED), IM Yoseph Taher (INA), GM Rasmus Svane (GER), GM Gyula Pap (HUN), GM Olexandr Bortnyk (UKR), GM SL Narayanan (IND), GM Sergei Zhigalko (BLR), GM Ray Robson (USA), IM Artyom Zubritskiy (RUS), GM Andrew Tang (USA), GM Vugar Rasulov (AZE), GM Dmitry Andreikin (RUS), FM JosÃ© Gabriel Cardoso (COL).
The final will be played today from 6 p.m. Doha time and is expected to attract large global audiences virtually live on YouTube and other social media channels.