Young Grandmaster P. Iniyan stunned higher-rated Swiss rival Sebastian Bogner, while B. Adhiban, Aravindh Chithambaram, R. Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin made a winning start to their World Cup campaign in Sochi, Russia, on Monday.

D. Gukesh was the only Indian to settle for a draw in the opening game of the first round.

Anand ‘ecstatic’ after Grand Chess Tour performance

In the women’s section, Bhakti Kulkarni received a walkover into the second round after her Russian rival Anastasya Paramzina failed to turn up. She will now face 17th-seeded Russian Natalia Pogonina.

Padmini Rout proved superior to Azerbaijan’s Uliviyya Fataliyeva in 36 moves. She now needs to stay undefeated on Tuesday to advance into the second round.

R. Vaishali moved closer to victory against Canada’s Zhou Qiyu before blowing away her overwhelming advantage. Thanks to her extra knight, Vaishali…

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