Indian Grandmaster P. Harikrishna will compete against the likes of world champion Magnus Carlsen and Hikrau Nakamura in an elite field of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz online chess tournament beginning on Tuesday.
The India No. 2, who was part of the gold medal-winning team in the Online Olympiad last month, faces a stiff challenge in the tournament.
With an Elo rating of 2714, he is the second lowest rated player in the field and would be up against Carlsen, who has been near unbeatable in recent times, and the highly-rated American Nakamura.
The others in the fray are American Wesley So, Russians Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk, experienced Armenian Levon Aronian, Iran’s teen prodigy Alireza Firouzja and Americans Leinier Dominguez and Jeffery Xiong, the lowest rated player in the tournament.