The knockout phase of the Chess.com Global Chess Championship kicked off today and it will be played from September 14 to October 9. The Knockout part of the event features 32 players who qualified from the Play-in CGC tournaments and 32 invited players. 64 players are divided in eight groups, and the Winners of each group will move on to the CGC Finals which will take place from 2-9 November in Toronto, Canada. Remaining 56 players will share the total prize fund of $440,000 for the CGC Knockout. A very strong CGC Knockout line-up includes Hikaru Nakamura, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Ding Liren and Levon Aronian who are topping the respective groups: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G, and Group H.
The participants of the Group C are: Wesley So, Alexander Grischuk, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Jeffery Xiong, Benjamin Bok, Denis Lazavik, Ray Robson, and Oleksandr Bortnyk. All four matches of the Round 1 for the group C are scheduled for Saturday, September 17th, starting at 18:00 CEST.
Group C – Round 1 pairings & schedule:
Wesley So vs Denis Lazavik, September 17, 18:00 CEST
Ray Robson vs Vasyl Ivanchuk, September 17, 18:00 CEST
Alexander Grischuk vs Benjamin Bok, September 17, 18:00 CEST
Jeffery Xiong vs Oleksandr Bortnyk, September 17, 18:00 CEST
While expecting the start of the R1 Group C games from the Chess.com Global Chess Championship, you may follow TCEC Season 23 – League 1: