Former Asian champion P. Harikrishna has gained a wildcard to be part of the $200,000 Airthings Masters online chess tournament beginning on December 26.
Harikrishna joins World champion Magnus Carlsen, current Champions Chess Tour leader Wesley So, World No. 1 blitz player Hikaru Nakamura and eight others in the 12-player elite field.
Dutch No. 1 Anish Giri, Russia No. 1 Ian Nepomiachtchi, Spanish champion David Anton Guijarro, Armenia’s No. 1 Levon Aronian, French No. 1 Maxime Vachier Lagrave and former World Cup winner Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov made it after being among the top-eight finishers in the previous event on the Tour.
Former World rapid champion Daniil Dubov is the other wildcard while three-time World blitz champion Russia’s Alexander Grischuk made it after winning the popular vote on host broadcaster