Chess World Cup: Vidit Gujrathi enters quarterfinals, first Indian to reach last eight since Vishwanathan Anand

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Chess World Cup: Vidit Gujrathi enters quarterfinals, first Indian to reach last eight since Vishwanathan Anand

Chess World Cup: Vidit Gujrathi enters quarterfinals, first Indian to reach last eight since Vishwanathan Anand: India No.3 Vidit Gujrathi defeated Vasif Durarbayli 1.5-0.5 to reach the quarterfinals of the FIDE chess World Cup on Monday.

The 26-year old Grandmaster came up with an impressive display to tame his lower-rated Azerbaijan opponent, winning in 38 moves in his fifth round encounter.

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The two had played out a draw in the first game of the two-game mini match. The world No.22 employed the Ruy Lopez Arkangelsk variation against Durarbayli and held his own with black pieces to secure victory.

It is a breakthrough performance by the Nashik-based Gujrathi as he had posted some good wins on the way to reaching the last eight. His victories came against compatriot B Adhiban (round three) and Jeffrey Xiong (round four).

In the quarterfinal, the Indian GM will face the winner of the match between Jan-Krzystof Duda (Poland) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia).

Gujrathi is the first Indian to reach the last eight since maestro Vishwanathan Anand emerged winner in the years 2000 and 2002.

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Tournament favourite and world No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway was held to a draw in the second game by Russia’s Andrey Espineko and will play the tie-break on Tuesday to determine who advances to the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, American Sam Shankland booked a last eight spot with a 1.5-0.5 win over Peter Svidler (Russia).

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