Vidit Gujrathi beats Ragger, jumps to top spot in Prague Chess

Vidit trumped Ragger in a Grunfeld game after 46 moves to continue his good run and as secured a second win, while P. Harikrishna went down to Firouzja.

Vidit Gujrathi (left) trumped Ragger in a Grunfeld game after 46 moves to continue his good run and as he secured a second win.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

India’s no. 2 player Vidit Gujrathi posted a win over Austrian GM Markus Ragger in the third round to jump to the top spot in the Masters category of the Prague Chess festival here.

India had mixed luck on Friday when Pentala Harikrishna went down to the talented, young Alireza Firouzja in 40 moves in a Spanish opening game. The India no. 3 came up with some innovative play but the Iranian prodigy had the answers to notch up an impressive win.

Vidit trumped Ragger in a Grunfeld game after 46 moves to continue his good run and as he secured a second win.

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Top-seeded Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland was held to a draw by Sam Shankland (USA). He is in joint-second place with Nikita Vitiugov and world’s top junior Alireza Firouzja.

Gujrathi faces Grandelius in the fourth round while Harikrishna will battle it out with Shankland.

Results after Round 3:

  • Pentala Harikrishna (India) 1 lost to Alireza Firouzja (Iran) 2
  • Vidit Gujrathi (India) 2.5 beat Markus Ragger (Austria) 1
  • Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) 2 drew Sam Shankland (USA) 1
  • David Navara (CZE) 0.5 lost to David Anton Guijarro (SPA) 1.5
  • Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 2 drew with Nils Grandelius (SWE) 1.5

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