News
News
Prague Chess Festival R3: Vidit Grabs The Lead
Legendary GM Vlastimil Hort plays the first move in Vidit vs Ragger. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

Prague Chess Festival R3: Vidit Grabs The Lead

PeterDoggers
| 13 | Chess Event Coverage

GM Vidit Gujrathi grabbed the sole lead with his second win in the Prague Chess Festival. The 25-year-old Indian grandmaster beat GM Markus Ragger in round three.

You can follow the tournament here in our live portal. The tournament runs February 12-21 with a rest day on February 17. The rounds start at 15:00 CET which is 6 a.m. Pacific time. The last round starts an hour earlier.


It's not easy to beat Ragger, and you can more or less forget about a victory in the opening. The Austrian grandmaster is a strong theoretician! Also in this Gruenfeld against Vidit, it looks like he could have drawn the game straight out of the opening.

As it went, Vidit won a pawn and capitalized on his advantage when Ragger missed ways to generate counterplay shortly before the time control:

The other winners were David Anton, who profited from David Navara's mistakes in time trouble, and Alireza Firouzja, who won a beautifully conducted game against Pentala Harikrishna that reminded of some of Bobby Fischer's wins in the Ruy Lopez.

Firouzja Harikrishna Prague 2020
An excellent win for Firouzja. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

Prague Masters | Round 3 Games

Prague Masters | Round 3 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2721 2962 ½ 1 1 2.5/3
2 Vitiugov, Nikita 2731 2795 ½ 1 ½ 2.0/3 2.75
3 Firouzja, Alireza 2726 2801 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2.25
4 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2755 2824 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 1.5
5 Grandelius, Nils 2659 2723 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.5
6 Anton Guijarro, David 2697 2723 ½ 0 1 1.5/3 1.75
7 Ragger, Markus 2670 2606 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 2
8 Harikrishna, Pentala 2713 2593 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.75
9 Shankland, Sam 2683 2611 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.25
10 Navara, David 2717 2433 0 0 ½ 0.5/3

Hannes Stefansson continues to lead the Challengers section after a good, technical win against IM Lukas Cernousek. Meanwhile, Russian youngster Andrey Esipenko won his first game. In a spectacular fight with Polish GM Kacper Piorun, he could have lost as well:

Andrey Esipenko Prague 2020
Andrey Esipenko. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

Prague Challengers | Round 3 Games

Prague Challengers | Round 3 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Stefansson, Hannes 2529 2819 ½ 1 1 2.5/3
2 Esipenko, Andrey 2654 2713 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3
3 Abasov, Nijat 2670 2596 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.25
4 Bartel, Mateusz 2639 2552 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.25
5 Nguyen, Thai Dai Van 2560 2622 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.25
6 Krejci, Jan 2559 2558 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 2
7 Van Foreest, Jorden 2667 2602 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.75
8 Piorun, Kacper 2611 2615 0 ½ 1 1.5/3 1.25
9 Cernousek, Lukas 2442 2455 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3
10 Kriebel, Tadeas 2524 2323 0 ½ 0 0.5/3

The Prague Chess Festival has a prize fund of 44,000 euros ($48,000) and runs February 12-21 in Hotel Don Giovanni in Prague.


Previous reports:

More from PeterDoggers
Honorary Grandmaster Title Posthumously Awarded To Sultan Khan

Honorary Grandmaster Title Posthumously Awarded To Sultan Khan

Wei Yi Wins 2024 Tata Steel Chess Masters In Thrilling Tiebreak

Wei Yi Wins 2024 Tata Steel Chess Masters In Thrilling Tiebreak