Harikrishna to participate in Biel Chess Festival | Chess News

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CHENNAI: India’s P Harikrishna will take part in the 53rd Biel International Chess Festival, to be held in Switzerland on July 18. The event marks the sport’s return to the board since the COVID-19 outbreak and features former world no.4 Michael Adams and Radolsaw Wojtaszek.
The world no.26 from India received an invitation to participate in the prestigious tournament a few days ago and replaced compatriot Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi, the winner of the 2019 edition.
He will take part in the Grandmasters event at the festival.
“I am very happy to receive the invitation for the tournament. It is the first over the board event for me after playing online tournaments for a while due to the coronavirus,” he told PTI from Prague, where he lives these days.
Harikrishna, who has played previously in the Biel Chess Festival in 2014 and 2017, said he was preparing for the event keeping in mind the situation wherein things can change at the last minute.
Harikrishna won the 2013Masters Open in Biel.
The tournament, which concludes on July 29, will feature prominent names like Radolsaw Wojtaszek, Michael Adams, Anton David and Salem Saleh.
Vidit Gujrathi had won the Grandmasters event at the Biel Chess Festival last year.
The Biel event has over the years attracted some of the biggest names in the sport and among the winners are Harikrishna’s compatriot and former world champion Viswanathan Anand, the current world No.1 Magnus Carlsen and Russian legend Anatoly Karpov among others.



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