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Jun 8, 2021

Chess Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi discusses his career and experience playing chess at the highest level.

Vidit Gujrathi started playing chess at the age of 7, and has since won 4 National Youth Medals, 4 Asian Youth Silver Medals, and 3 medals in World Youth Championships. In 2006, he achieved the title of International Master after finishing second in the National Chess Championship 2008. He attained the title of ‘Grandmaster’ in January 2013.

Since 2015, Vidit has been a prominent member of the Indian Chess Team and has represented India in two World Cups, two World Team championships & three major chess Olympiads. He is the fourth Indian ever to have crossed the Elo rating threshold of 2700 in 2017. Vidit also represented India in various International Grandmaster events, having won 5 of the competitions in Biel, Malmo, Tata Steel, Lake Sevan, and Prague. In August 2020, Vidit was the Captain of the Indian Chess Team that won historic gold at FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. This was the first Gold for India at the Chess Olympiad.

He is currently ranked #3 in India, #25 in the world.

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