Vidit shows great fighting chess in first three rounds of Danzhou GM 2019
India no.3 Vidit Gujrathi is known for his solidity and his ability to lose very few games in a calendar year. This has served him well in the past and with it he was able to breach the 2700 Elo mark. But it seems like Vidit had stagnated in the 2700-2720 zone in the last couple of years. One of the main reasons was that he was often playing too safely. It's not that Vidit is a bad attacking player. Check out his queen sacrifices from Isle of Man 2018, or his win against Kramnik from Wijk Aan Zee - Vidit knows how to attack! Well, at the Hainan Danzhou Chess 2019, he has decided to attack right from the word go. In three rounds he has played three aggressive games and has 1.5/3. In this article we check out his win against the strong Russian GM Ernesto Inarkiev.
Eight grandmasters from around the world, including India's Vidit Gujrathi, are fighting it out in the 10th Danzhou Super Chess Grandmaster Tournament which is taking place from 30th June to 7th July in the Danzhou city of China.
Starting list of players
|6||GM||Vidit Santosh Gujrathi||5029465||IND||2707|
After three rounds the tournament has three players - Yu Yangyi, Wang Hao, and Wei Yi - leading with 2.0/3 points.
Standings after three rounds
|4||GM||Vidit Santosh Gujrathi||2707||IND||0||*||1||½||1,5||0,0||1||1,75|
Vidit's change in approach
We have seen Vidit play in many strong tournaments this year. His general approach has been to play solid chess. He loses less, but also wins less games. It seems that in Danzhou he has come with a mood to fight harder. In the first round he didn't play so well and lost to Yu Yangyi. It must be mentioned that Yu Yangyi is in tremendous form after finishing second at the Norway Chess 2019. In the second round Vidit played the Saemisch variation with the white pieces against Bassem Amin's King's Indian. This was a clear intention that he wants to play fighting chess. As it often happens when you play aggressive systems, the tactics in the position backfired and Vidit had to switch to defensive mode. He managed to hold a draw in that game. Coming to the third round, Vidit maintained his attacking and aggressive play and this time managed to beat Inarkiev in the Najdorf.
We would recommend you to watch this video in which Sagar asks you to guess Vidit's moves in the most critical positions:
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Vidit Gujrathi, Round 3