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Vidit Santosh Gujrathi vs David Navara
Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020), Prague CZE, rd 8, Feb-20
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation (E12)  ·  0-1



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  areknames: Not really sure what happened here, White shouldn't lose this endgame in a million years. By playing 53.Kd4 Vidit declines a draw by repetition for the second time in the game (but the position is still a dead draw) and shortly thereafter he is utterly lost. So weird in a game between elite GMs.
Feb-21-20  evzal86: 33.f7+ and white wins by force! I cant understand why he played 33.b3!
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  areknames: <33.f7+ and white wins by force!> I suppose you mean 33.Rdf7+ but yes, it does win.
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  areknames: 34.b3 to prevent mate on d1 should probably have been the next move after 33.Rdf7+ Ke8.
Feb-21-20  parmetd: man games like this one make me feel better about my own hideous chess. Gotta feel sympathy for Vidit here... a win would have clinched the tournament with a round to spare. Now he has black tomorrow against the highest rated (Duda) with a half point lead. I hope he still gets his tournament win...

He had the right idea with b3 but probably thought he had already played Rdf7+ and hallucinated. Poor guy.

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  tamar: What a sick feeling Vidit must have had.

You make your combination, get two rooks on the seventh and a knight on the sixth, and your opponent makes the pass-like moves ...Rh8-Rh7-h6

With a win Vidit would have been in for the result of his life, now he is plunged back into a fight for first.

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  jith1207: Nervousness!

Maybe he started thinking too much about the big picture?

Time pressure? I guess he wanted to win the game and tournament then and there, and got little distracted in assessing all possible defensive lines from the Black.

Would be uncharacteristic of him, but a possibility of major tournament win could work in many ways, I guess.

I hope he comes with the composure needed to get the win(s) today. He has the played rapid and blitz tournaments with top ten GMs before like GCT Calcutta, and that could help him if it goes to tie breakers.

Feb-21-20  MordimerChess: Madness. I would call it Thriller -> Drama -> Tragedy. Three acts.

The players in the interviews said that it's nearly impossible to recover after such a loss. The worst thing is that Vidit could sign the draw at least three times but he still kept pushing unting c5?? and that was his last and decisive mistake.

Then he lost last game and of course didn't have much chances in play-off. Feel bad for him.

And about the game.
17...Kd6 was better for Navara but it was crazy in calculations, for example: 18. Nd4 Nf8 19. O-O-O Kc7 20. Ne6+ Nxe6 21. Rxd8 Raxd8 22. Qxe6


17...Kd6 18. Rd1+ Kc7 19. Ne5 Bd6 20. Rxd6 Re8 21. Rxd7+ Qxd7 22. Nxd7 Rxe2+ 23. Nxe2 Kxd7 24. Rxh7⩲

However 17...Kf7 looked easier to defend. Then we have seen what happened.

We could go for more lines here but it's crazy enough to just feel the game. If you are interested in commentary, check my video here:


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  chancho: Someone like Carlsen would have converted the win with an eval at 5.32.



Vidit was clearly devastated and it carried over to his game with Duda.

Terrible collapse.

Navara is known for doing stuff like this.

I still remember what he did to Kasparov at St. Louis.

Feb-22-20  SpiritedReposte: Chess can be so cruel, I can relate all too well.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Vidit was flirting with time trouble when playing his 33.b3

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After playing it he was left with 34 seconds. From then on he shows all the signs of a player knowing he missed a win and a 100% draw (33.Rdf7+ Re7+ etc) and with not enough time to compose oneself got caught up in a brain muddle. (I've been there alright....I'm sure we all have.)

Consequently and some would say predictably he lost his next game (J K Duda vs V S Gujrathi, 2020

A great pity, A draw in either game would have won it

Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020)

Instead he lost the tie break 2-0 to Firouzja. In their invidual classical game Vidit had beaten him in 24 moves V S Gujrathi vs A Firouzja, 2020.


Feb-22-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: I watched this game via Internet two days ago: Until 33.b3? Vidit played a superb game. I guess with just 4 seconds on the clock, searching for a non-existing forced combination, which would secured him the win on the spot, he mixed up the move ordner or his subconsciousness thought, that he had already played 33.Rdf7+,Ke8. With 39.Rxd6+, he could play for a win with the draw in hand, but maybe he thought, this is too less. Time pressure is a devil, which spoiled many great games.

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