Chess prodigy R. Praggnanandhaa is keen to make an impression on his World Cup debut next week in Sochi, Russia. In the capital to collect his Schengen visa from the Swiss Embassy to play in events in Europe over the next few months, the youngster reflected on his preparation on Thursday, “I have been preparing just the way I prepare for any other tournament. This is my first World Cup and I am excited about it. I have not set any specific goal. I am going to take a game at a time.”

Praggnanandhaa, a wild card entrant, will start his campaign against Paulo Bersamina (Philippines). A win will earn him a clash against the experienced Armenian Gabriel Sargissian.

“I played against Paulo some six years ago,” revealed the youngster and said, “I have also seen a few games of Sargissian since there will not be much time between two rounds.

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