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 B are: Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Alexey Sarana, Peter Leko, Vladislav Kovalev, and Guha Mitrabha. The first match of the B group will be played on Friday, September 16th, between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Vladislav Kovalev. The rest of the games will be played on Saturday, September 17th.
Group B – Round 1 pairings & schedule:
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vladislav Kovalev, September 16, 14:00 CEST
Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs Mitrabha Guha, September 17, 13:00 CEST
Wang Hao vs Peter Leko, September 17, 13:00 CEST
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi vs Alexey Sarana, September 17, 13:00 CEST
While expecting the start of the R1 Group B games from the Chess.com Global Chess Championship, you may follow TCEC Season 23 – League 1: