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Vidit Gujarthi storms into Quarter-Finals of chess World Cup 2021

GM Vidit Gujrathi has made it to the Top-8 of the Chess World Cup 2021 and is only the 2nd Indian Men’s player after Vishwanathan Anand to do so at the Chess mega-event.
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GM Vidit Gujrathi has made it to the Top-8 of the Chess World Cup 2021 and is only the 2nd Indian Men’s player after Vishwanathan Anand to do so at the Chess mega-event.

In round 5, Vidit defeated GM Durarbayli Vasif of Azerbaijan with a score of 1.5:0.5. Vidit managed to draw his first game with the white pieces and eventually pulled off a convincing win in the second game with the black pieces. With this win, the Indian Grandmaster also secures his spot at the FIDE Grand Prix. Vidit has also attained his career-best Elo rating of 2731 and is currently ranked India #2, World #20. In the Quarters, Vidit will face the winner of the match between Jan Krzysztof Duda and Alexander Igorevich Grischuk.

Vidit Gujrathi, an Indian Chess Grandmaster, said: “Ecstatic on being qualified to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The journey has been good so far, not so smooth but a victory surely makes it worth rewarding. This has been my best World Cup performance so far and I am keeping it simple by taking one step at a time like the pieces on the board. Also, happy that I’ve finally booked a berth at the FIDE Grand Prix and now looking forward to the Round of 8.”

Vidit Gujrathi is an Indian Chess player currently based out of Nashik, Maharashtra. He was the captain of the Indian Chess team which won the historic Gold Medal at the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. Previously, he has individually made the country proud by winning multiple tournaments and championships such as Tata Steel, Beil Grandmaster’s event, Prague Masters etc. He is only the fourth Indian ever to cross the 2700 ELO rating in 2017. Currently, he is employed at ONGC and supported by Lakshya Foundation and Bharat Forge.

FIDE World Cup 2021 is scheduled from 10th July to 6th August in Sochi, Russia. It’ll be a Classical event with standard time control. The top 2 players qualify for the prestigious Candidates wherein the winner gets to challenge the current World Champion. Also, the Top 8 of the WC qualify for the FIDE Grand Prix Event.

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