Vidit Gujrathi’s gallant campaign in the chess World Cup ended after Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda inflicted a 50-move defeat in the second game of their quarterfinal clash on Thursday.
Vidit, playing black, sacrificed a knight for three pawns but could not make any headway. The game appeared to be heading for a draw until Vidit erred in judgement by advancing his rook on the 34th move.
Duda seized his chance and tightened the grip. The queens returned on the board but Duda held the upper hand to complete a 1.5-0.5 triumph when Vidit, facing checkmate, resigned. He next plays World champion Magnus Carlsen.
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