Tata Steel Chess: Vidit Gujarathi Joins Anand at Second Spot

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Vidit Gujarathi defeated Jorden van Foreest and joined Viswanathan Anand at the second spot after four rounds of Tata Steel Masters Chess tournament in the Netherlands on Tuesday i.e, 15 January 2019.

 

Earlier, Vidit showed no signs of fatigue after his seven-hour struggle for a draw against Magnus Carlsen. He was tested by Carlsen wherein he played 131 moves on Monday but he nailed it in 51 moves to record his first win, to match Vishwanathan Anand’s tally of 2.5 points.

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Who is Vidit Gujarathi?

Born in 1994, Gujarathi is an Indian Chess Grandmaster. He attained the title of ‘Grandmaster’ in 2013 when he was only 18 years old.

The Nashik born Vidit took to chess at an early age. In 2006, he was the second in the U12 category of the Asian Youth Championship. In 2008, he won the World Youth Chess Championship in the Open U14 section, becoming the first Indian to do so.

 

In 2009 Under 16 category he finished 2nd. He gained his first Grandmaster norm in the World Junior Chess Championship in Chennai in 2011, the second norm In the Nagpur International Open in 2011 and the final at the Rose Valley Kolkata Open Grandmasters’ chess tournament in 2012.

In 2013, Gujarathi won a bronze medal in the World Junior Chess Championship in Turkey in the Junior (U-20) category. He is the fourth Indian ever who has crossed the rating of 2700 and is rated 2718 as of January 2018.

Vidit is currently the third highest rated chess player in India after Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna

Fourth round results were as follows: 

Viswanathan Anand (2.5) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 2);

Vidit Gujarathi (2.5) bt Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 1);

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 3);

Ding Liren (2.5) drew with Vladimir Feedoseev (Rus, 1.5);

Richard Rapport (Hun, 1.5) lost to Anish Giri (Ned, 2.5);

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 2) drew with Samuel Shankland (the USA, 2);

Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2) drew with Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 1).

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