General Nov 14, 2020 | 3:00 PMby Colin McGourty

Vidit plays the Skilling Open... and Banter Blitz

26-year-old Indian no. 3 Vidit Gujrathi is the 10th player to be confirmed for the Skilling Open, the 16-player opening event of the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour that starts on November 22nd. Vidit won the Under 14 World Championship and has made slow but steady progress ever since, becoming a grandmaster at 18 and crossing the 2700 barrier at 22. In 2020 he captained India to gold medals at the Online Chess Olympiad. Now's your chance to take on Vidit as he plays chess24 Premium members in a Banter Blitz session starting on Sunday November 15th at 16:00 CET.

Following in the footsteps of 15th World Chess Champion Vishy Anand, Vidit was the 4th Indian player ever to cross the 2700 rating mark when he did so in 2017 (after Anand, Sasikiran and Harikrishna). He's never dropped back since, and has continued to post impressive results. 

In January 2018 he won the Challengers section of the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, qualifying to play in the Masters supertournament in 2019, where he finished a creditable 6th out of 14 players. Later in 2019 Vidit, won the traditional grandmaster tournament in Biel, ahead of Sam Shankland and Peter Leko. 

Vidit wins in 2019 in Biel, ahead of Sam Shankland and Peter Leko | photo: Simon Bohnenblust/Biel Chess Festival

The Indian star looked certain to add another major tournament victory in the Prague Masters in February 2020, but ended up losing the final four games, two of them in a playoff to Alireza Firouzja.  

When the world went into lockdown later in 2020, Vidit took full advantage of the Indian chess boom with a popular YouTube channel. His most memorable moment was leading India to joint gold medals with Russia in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad, for which the team was congratulated by the Indian Prime Minister. 

Vidit now has a chance to play the world's best again in the Champions Chess Tour. The Indian is the 10th player to be confirmed for the 16-player Skilling Open, starting November 22nd:

  1. Ding Liren
  2. Levon Aronian
  3. Teimour Radjabov
  4. David Anton
  5. Sergey Karjakin         
  6. Liem Quang Le
  7. Wesley So
  8. Anish Giri
  9. Jan-Krzysztof Duda
  10. Vidit Gujrathi

Banter Blitz with Vidit Gujrathi

Before that, however, it’s your chance to take on the Indian no. 3 as he plays blitz against chess24 Premium members while talking about his moves. The session starts at 16:00 CET on Sunday and you can challenge by clicking the link below, hovering over Vidit’s chess24 username viditchess under the video and selecting “Challenge me!” (that button will be active when he’s online):

If you’re not yet Premium you can save 40% now if you Go Premium using the voucher code VIDIT40. Alternatively, check out the Early Bird offers for our Tour Pass.

We’ll be announcing a new participant for the Skilling Open each day and you can follow all the announcements on the Champions Chess Tour website or chess24’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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