Prague Chess Festival: Vidit Gujrathi loses to Czech David Navara but retains position top position

  • Gujrathi has five points to his kitty and is ahead of Russian Nikita Vitiugov, David Anton Guijjaro and the world's top junior player Alireza Firouzja, all on 4.5 points

  • Gujrathi, the Indian No 2, lost the eighth round game late on Thursday in a West Indian opening in 64 moves after coming under time pressure

  • P Harikrishna, the other Indian in the 10-player field, was held to a draw by Austrian Markus Ragger in 35 moves as his quest for a win continued

Prague: Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi suffered a defeat at the hands of Czech GM David Navara in the eighth round of the Prague Chess Festival's Masters category but still remained on top of the standings.

 Prague Chess Festival: Vidit Gujrathi loses to Czech David Navara but retains position top position

File photo Vidit Gujrathi. Photo: Official website

He has five points to his kitty and is ahead of Russian Nikita Vitiugov, David Anton Guijjaro and the world's top junior player Alireza Firouzja, all on 4.5 points.

Gujrathi, the Indian No 2, lost the eighth round game late on Thursday in a West Indian opening in 64 moves after coming under time pressure.

He meets top seed Jan-Krzystof Duda of Poland in the final round and will aim for a victory to seal the title after having finished second in the 2019 edition.

P Harikrishna, the other Indian in the 10-player field, was held to a draw by Austrian Markus Ragger in 35 moves as his quest for a win continued.

It was the Indian No 3 player's seventh draw in the tournament against one loss. He lies in the ninth spot with three points and faces Navara in the final round later on Friday.

In other games, Iran's Alireza Firouzja, the world's top junior, shared a point with American Sam Shankland in 57 moves.

Vitiugov, the defending champion, and Duda played out a 69-move marathon before signing peace.

Results of Round 8: David Navara (CZE) 4 beat Vidit Gujrathi (India) 5; P Harikrishna (India) 3.5 drew with Markus Ragger (AUT) 3.5; David Anton Guijarro (SPA) 4.5 beat Nils Grandelius (SWE) 2.5; Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 4.5 drew with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) 4; Alirez Firouzja (Iran) 4.5 drew with Sam Shankland (USA) 4.

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Updated Date: Feb 21, 2020 12:34:34 IST


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