The Indian challenge to the World Chess Championship ended on Thursday, when Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrati lost here the second game of the men’s quarterfinals to Jan-Krzystof Duda.
The 26-year-old Indian number 3 broke down against his Polish rival in a 50-move scrum after a draw in the first set of a two-legged mini-match on Wednesday.
Playing as Black in the decisive game, Gujrati lost as Duda dealt better with the unbalanced ending and created opportunities. He cashed out when an Indian player slipped and ended the game with a precise calculation.
Jan-Krzysztof Duda defeated Gujrati Vidit in the second game of his match and advanced to the semifinals, where he will face the world champion Magnus Carlsen. #FIDEWorldCup pic.twitter.com/n4wezGmCZL
– International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) Jul 29, 2021
This was the first time Gujrati reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Duda’s award for the victory over the Indian grandmaster is a semifinal bout with the first number in the world Magnus Carlsen.
The world champion from Norway broke into the last four, beating Frenchman Etienne Bacrot 2-0.
In another quarterfinal match Sergey Karjakin (Russia) played confidently and in the second game won against Sam Shankland (USA), equalized the score 1: 1 and secured a tie-break.