Armed with white pieces, Vidit Gujrathi will take on Iranian teenager Alireza Firouzja in his campaign-opener of the star-studded Skilling Open online chess tournament on Sunday.

On a day when five rounds are scheduled, Vidit’s other rivals are Armenia’s Levon Aronian (white), Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda, (black), China’s Ding Liren (white) and the Netherlands’ Anish Giri (black).

Nakamura, Firouzja to feature in Skilling Open online chess tournament

The first round begins at 10.30 pm IST and the official broadcaster is

World champion Magnus Carlsen begins by playing black against Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi while second seed Ding Liren, with black pieces, takes on another Russian Sergey Karjakin.

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