India is out of the World Cup after Vidit’s Loss
Polish Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda knocked out the last Indian chess player out of the FIDE World Cup.
Duda managed to dominate in the game and ended up playing an edgy, but definitely comfortable endgame with a knight for three pawns, which granted him a spot to the Semifinals against Magnus Calrsen. His win makes him the first Polish player in chess history to reach the semifinals of a FIDE World Cup and fans are already debating on his chances against the World Champion.
Nigel Short, FIDE vice-president and former challenger for the title,commented on a crucial point of the game: “People are saying Vidit should resign right now. No! He should resign when it is 100% clear he’s going to lose. If you’ve got even a 1% chance of saving this, then you should continue. And he’s not getting mated immediately!”
Vidit’s top performance earned him a spot in the FIDE Grand Prix 2022, the price of $35,000 and new fans among the grandmasters and chess influencers.
We are looking forward to following Vidit’s games at the FIDE Grand Prix 2022.