Chess bits

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi: I always love to play in team tournaments

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi is one of the leading Indian Grandmasters, a member of the national open team at the Asian Nations Cup 2016. Vidit has once won the World Youth Champion U-14. Also, he got the bronze medal in the World Junior Chess Championship. He has outplayed his opponent from China at Round 5 and came to share the impressions on his performance at the tournament.

ACF Media: What other best achievements of yours in chess I forgot to mention?

Vidit: Among closed competitions, I once won Lake Sevan closed chess tournament with average rating of 2640. It was quite a decent tournament which I also count as one of my best achievements.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

ACF Media: This year there will be the World Chess Olympiad in Baku. Are you playing there?

Vidit: Yes, this year I will participate in the Olympiad as a member of the Indian National team. I always wanted to play in the Olympiad for my country. It is one of the best and strong tournaments. Finally this year I will be able to play and really I am looking forward for it.

ACF Media: Do you consider the Asian Nations Cup as kind of preparations for the coming Olympiad?

Vidit: I always love to play in team tournaments. Somehow it is different competition from individual games. So, I am enjoying the tournament so far. It is going well for me and for my team. But I don’t see it as preparations, it is just one more important chess event for me personally.

ACF Media: How is it going on so far for your team?

Vidit: My team unexpectedly drew against Mongolian team in the second round. It was a bit surprising for us. But the Mongolian chess players increased their level lately and they were very strong when playing against us. I was also playing in that round and I saw the games. I think we are actually lucky to have made a draw. Then we won against team from Kazakhstan.

The most important match is today: we play against top seed of the tournament – Chinese team. I think if not take into account our result in the second round, we are doing quite decently.

ACF Media: Let’s speak a bit about today’s game. You outplayed a Chinese Grandmaster Wei Yi with black. Was it a tough game?

Vidit: Chinese players are really strong. For some reasons this is only my second win against a Chinese player. I have drawn or lost all previous games against them. I am very happy to win this game.

It was an Italian game which, I think, he did not expect. Generally I play Sicilian defence. This was a good choice, to my mind. My opponent was spending a lot of time for thinking. I had a lot of extra time. So, I have a big advantage and slowly he has made some positional mistakes. I managed to take over. After that it was quite easy to win.

ACF Media: I guess your team’s plan for this tournament is to win?

Vidit: Yah, if we win this match against China, we are the favorites to win the Cup. We meet with Vietnamese chess players in one of the next rounds. I am pretty sure if we manage to win against them – we are most likely to win the tournament.

ACF Media: I wish you good luck in the tournament. Thank you so much for coming, Vidit.

Interview by Kema Goryaeva

Chessdom is dedicated to professional and independent coverage of chess news and events from all over the globe! Join us for live chess games, interviews, video and photo reports, and social media reactions. Follow the development of the strongest chess software, which affects all chess today, via the Top Chess Engine Championship with its 24/7 live broadcast with chat.

Copyright © 2007-2022

To Top