Vidit Gujrathi advances to the fifth round; R Praggnanandhaa bows – Sports News, Firstpost

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Vidit Gujrathi scored a 2-0 win over Jeffrey Xiong on Friday, making it into the fifth round.

File image of Vidit Gujrathi. Photo credit: Twitter / @ FIDE_chess

Sochi: India’s number 3 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi scored a 2-0 win over Jeffrey Xiong on Friday and advanced to the fifth round of the FIDE Chess World Cup.

However, the good run of the young grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa ended in the fourth round with a 0.5-1.5 defeat against Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The French GM came back strong after drawing the first game with a 33-move win in the second to grab the highly rated Indian prodigy.

Gujrathi, who shot up after a good win in the first game on Thursday, secured a fifth-round spot with a 43-move win over his American opponent in a Pillsbury Defense opening.

15-year-old Praggnanandhaa (Elo 2608), who played at his first World Cup, had three impressive wins, including one against veteran Michal Krasenkow in the third round before Vachier-Lagrave proved his superiority.

Tournament favorite and world number one Magnus Carlsen from Norway was drawn in the second game by Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland) and the two will play in the tiebreaker on Saturday.


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