India’s Grandmasters Nihal Sarin and P Iniyan advanced to the quarterfinals of the under-18 open category in the FIDE Online World Cadets and Youth Rapid Championships on Sunday.
As many as 12 out of the 16 Indian players in the fray moved to the quarter-finals stage in various categories.
The highly-rated Sarin posted a comfortable 2-0 win over Johann Emil Schnabel of South Africa while Iniyan defeated Angel Miguel Soto of Colombia 1.5-0.5.
Sarin made quick work of his opponent in the first game, winning it in 24 moves and took only 27 moves to clinch the second and the match.
Iniyan, on the other hand, had several winning chances in the endgame against Soto in game one but missed them all, to settle for a draw.
The Tamil Nadu player won a marathon 82-move second game to advance to the last-eight.