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Prague Chess Festival R8: Vidit Loses Won Game, Still Leads
Vidit vs. Navara. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

Prague Chess Festival R8: Vidit Loses Won Game, Still Leads

PeterDoggers
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In an incredible turnaround, GM Vidit Gujrathi spoiled a winning position and ended up losing to GM David Navara in round eight of the Prague Chess Festival's Masters tournament. Instead of winning the tournament with a round to spare, the Indian grandmaster now leads by half a point.

GM Hannes Stefansson suffered his first loss and now shares the lead in the Challengers with GM Andrey Esipenko, GM Kacper Piorun, and GM Jorden van Foreest.

You can follow the tournament here in our live portal. The tournament runs February 12-21 with a rest day on February 17. The final round starts at 14:00 CET which is 5 a.m. Pacific time.


Vidit did keep that half-point lead, but his loss against Navara must have been devastating. The 25-year-old Indian player was better out of the opening and winning in the early endgame, but as he "forgot" to give a check in time-trouble he allowed Navara back into the game. Further mistakes in the remaining rook endgame turned the tables completely. Incredible.

David Navara Prague Chess Festival 2020
Even Navara probably wasn't expecting to win this one. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

IM David Pruess provided a video review of the game for Youtube subscribers.

GM Nils Grandelius is having a terrible tournament. It's understandable that he really wanted to try and win a game, but perhaps he should have repeated moves when he had the chance. GM David Anton won a good game and is now in the group of players chasing Vidit.

Prague Masters | Round 8 Games


Pairings last round: Anton-Firouzja, Duda-Vidit, Navara-Harikrishna, Ragger-Grandelius, Shankland-Vitiugov. In case of a tie for first place, there will be a playoff between the top two players which will be determined as follows: 1. mutual result(s), 2. Sonneborn-Berger, 3. number of games with Black, 4. drawing of lots.

It seems that if Duda beats Vidit, seven players still have a chance to win this tournament.

Prague Masters | Round 8 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2721 2788 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5.0/8
2 Vitiugov, Nikita 2731 2750 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/8 18
3 Firouzja, Alireza 2726 2749 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.5/8 16.75
4 Anton Guijarro, David 2697 2749 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5/8 16.5
5 Navara, David 2717 2706 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0/8 15.75
6 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2755 2700 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0/8 15.25
7 Shankland, Sam 2683 2707 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/8 14.5
8 Ragger, Markus 2670 2674 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5/8 14.5
9 Harikrishna, Pentala 2713 2662 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5/8 14
10 Grandelius, Nils 2659 2581 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 2.5/8

Piorun single-handedly broke open the Challengers tournament. He defeated leader Stefansson and caught him in first place, joined by Esipenko and Van Foreest.

Like in Vidit-Navara, White misplayed a rook endgame which shows how difficult such endings can be:

Kacper Piorun Prague Chess Festival
Kacper Piorun. Photo: Vladimir Jagr/Prague Chess Festival.

Prague Challengers | Round 8 Games

Pairings last round: Cernousek-Nguyen, Esipenko-Krejci, Kriebel-Bartel, Piorun-Abasov, Van Foreest-Stefansson. Also here, anything is possible!

Prague Challengers | Round 8 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Esipenko, Andrey 2654 2668 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 5.0/8 19.5
2 Piorun, Kacper 2611 2660 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0/8 18.5
3 Van Foreest, Jorden 2667 2671 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.0/8 17.75
4 Stefansson, Hannes 2529 2671 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0/8 16.25
5 Bartel, Mateusz 2639 2631 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 4.5/8 17.5
6 Abasov, Nijat 2670 2616 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5/8 16.5
7 Nguyen, Thai Dai Van 2560 2562 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5/8 14
8 Cernousek, Lukas 2442 2562 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/8 12.5
9 Krejci, Jan 2559 2390 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 2.0/8 8.25
10 Kriebel, Tadeas 2524 2396 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 2.0/8 6.25

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.


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