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FIDE World Cup 2023 R5 TB: Fiery Vidit Gujrathi blazes Ian Nepomniachtchi

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/08/2023

Vidit Gujrathi has become a part of history again. Back in FIDE World Cup 2021, Vidit became the first Indian to reach the farthest in a World Cup. This time he defeated the two-time World Championship Challenger, Ian Nepomniachtchi, to reach the Quarterfinals again. Thus, India now has four players in the Quarterfinals of FIDE World Cup 2023. Vidit will face GM Nijat Abasov (AZE) who is having a phenomenal event. GM Harika Dronavalli's must-win heroics in the second 25'+10" did not turn out to be enough. She lost the first 5'+3" game and drew the next to get eliminated by GM Aleksandra Goryachkina. IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) knocked out IM Polina Shuvalova and GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) won a long back and forth tie-breaks against GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER). Round 6.1 games start tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. All photos are by Maria Emelianova/

Vidit advances to the Quarterfinals for his second consecutive World Cup

The last time Vidit Gujrathi defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in a rated game was back in 2017 at World Rapid. Well, this time also he won in a Rapid game at a grand stage. The only difference is he won it twice and advanced to the next stage of FIDE World Cup 2023. The man who created history in Indian chess in the previous edition has once again etched his name in a bigger one.

Vidit Gujrathi will face the in-form Nijat Abasov (AZE) in the Quarterfinals

FIDE World Cup 2023 and FIDE Women's World Cup 2023 Official logo | Photo: Official site

Nepomniachtchi - Vidit, Tie-breaks 5.5

Position after 25.Qg4?

After two solid draws, GM Vidit Gujrathi (2723) got his first opportunity in the 10'+10" Rapid game against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (2779) when the latter made a mistake of playing 25.Qg4? Black needed to find 25...Qc6+ 26.Kg1 Nf5 27.Rf3 Rd4 28.Qh5 g6 would have given Black a quicker win. However, he considered it but in less time, he opted for 25...Nf5. White managed to stay afloat for a while until Black declined a repetition in a queen and rook endgame. Eventually, the a3-pawn turned out to be the decisive factor in Black earning the full point.

Braveheart Vidit refuses threefold repetition to beat Ian Nepomniachtchi | Video: ChessBase India

Tie-break 5.6: Vidit - Nepomniachtchi: 1-0

Nepomniachtchi opted for the Dutch Defence in a must-win situation. Vidit was not expecting it but he understood why he went for it. Most importantly, he was ready for it.

Position after 29...Rc7

It was evident from Black's play that he was desperate to win the game. Anybody in similar situation would have probably done something similar. 28...Rh2 29.Bg1 Rc7 attempting to create some imbalance and gain something. However, White remained solid 30.Nb5 Rh1 31.Nxc7 Qxc7 32.Bf2 Rh2 33.Rc1 Qd6 34.Bg1 Rh1 Black never anything to create serious trouble. Vidit played cautiously in time pressure and ensured he does not allow his opponent to get any chance to win the game and advance to the Quarterfinals. He will face GM Nijat Abasov (AZE).

Vidit Gujrathi eliminates Ian Nepomniachtchi from FIDE World Cup 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
"950 days of meditation" - Secret of Vidit Gujrathi's win over Nepomniachtchi | Video: ChessBase India
Vidit's insane 30+ move home preparation against Nepo | Video: ChessBase India

Vidit Gujrathi kept his cool in crunch and beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in the Rapid tie-breaks when it mattered the most

Goryachkina - Harika, Tie-breaks 5.4

Position after 23...Nh5

GM Harika Dronavalli (2500) won a 10'+10" game on demand after losing the first one against GM Aleksandra Goryachkina (2557). Her brutal, complex and boisterous attack on the kingside is something a must-see game for everyone.

Harika plays her immortal game - GM Harika vs GM Goryachkina | Video: ChessBase India

GM Harika Dronavalli displayed some fireworks and showed that GM Aleksandra Goryachkina is not invincible before getting eliminated

Polina - Nurgyul, Tie-breaks 5.4

Position after 18...g5

After winning a topsy-turvy first 25'+10" game, IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL, 2403) played some outstanding chess in the second one against IM Polina Shuvalova (2496). Black found a very nice sequence which gave her a decisive advantage 18...g5 19.Qg3 Qe4 20.Rg1 Qd3+ 21.Ke1 Nxd4. There was no way White was making a comeback from there.

"I am just happy that I am rewarded for my hard work" - IM Nurgyul Salimova | Video: ChessBase India

IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) became the only IM and also the sole player who has played the first round to advance to the FIDE Women's World Cup 2023 Semifinals

Elisabeth - Anna, Tie-breaks 5.4

Position after 33...Ra8

It was not easy to find 33...Ra8 as the correct continuation for Black after 33.Rbe1, especially when GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2504) was down on the clock and in a must-win situation against GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER, 2471). Anna went on to win the first 10'+10" game before she lost the second one. Then she won the first 5'+3" Blitz tie-break and drew the next one to win the match and advance to the Semifinals where she will face IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL).

"Today it was a messy match, not a solid one" - GM Anna Muzychuk eliminates GM Elisabeth Paehtz | Video: ChessBase India

The battle between Miss Solid (GM Anna Muzychuk) and Miss Messy (GM Elisabeth Paehtz) was definitely a treat for their fans who are aware of those monickers

Fun fact: Three of the four FIDE Women's World Cup 2023 Semifinalists were also in the semifinals of the previous edition in 2021 . They are - GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR), GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina. Only this time GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (SUI) got replaced by IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL).

Video Gallery

FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 5.3 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
Who arrived after 110 seconds? FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup Round 5.4 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 5 TB Live Commentary by IM Irine Sukandar (INA) and GM Irina Krush (USA) | Video: FIDE
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 5 TB Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Results after Round 5 tie-breaks

GM Vidit Gujrathi - GM Ian Nepomniachtchi: 3-1

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina - GM Harika Dronavalli: 4.5-3.5


A total of four games in the Open and 14 in the Women's event took place in Round 5 Tie-breaks


The total prize fund is US$ 1834000 in the Open and $676250 in the Women, with the first being $110000 and $50000 respectively.

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