Chess World Cup: Vidit advances, Praggnanandhaa bows out

India No. 3 Vidit Gujrathi registered a 2-0 win over Jeffrey Xiong on Friday to advance to the fifth round in the FIDE chess World Cup.

Vidit Gujrathi

File picture of Vidit Gujrathi.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Vidit Gujrathi became the first Indian to reach the fifth round of the chess World Cup when he completed a 2-0 drubbing of USA’s Jeffery Xiong in Sochi on Friday.

The victory also saw Vidit overtake 23rd-ranked P. Harikrishna in live ratings and occupy the 21st spot. Viswanathan Anand heads the Indian list by holding the 14th place on the world ranking list.

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It was a double blow for Harikrishna as he joined R. Praggnanandhaa in exiting the competition. Iran’s M. Amin Tabatabaei held Harikrishna in 115 moves on Friday for a 1.5-0.5 victory.

Earlier, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ended R. Praggnanandhaa’s campaign by winning by a similar margin after easily taking the second game.

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