Vidit Gujrathi

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Vidit Gujrathi
Vidit at the 2018 Tata Steel tournament
Born (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 28)[1]
Nashik, Maharashtra, India[2]
TitleGrandmaster (2013)
FIDE rating2716 (September 2023)
Peak rating2731 (April 2023)
RankingNo. 27 (September 2023)
Peak rankingNo. 17 (April 2023)
YouTube information
Years active2017–present
Subscribers235 thousand[3][4]
Total views42 million[4]
100,000 subscribers2020

Last updated: 19 July 2023

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (born 24 October 1994) is an Indian chess grandmaster. He attained the title of grandmaster in January 2013, becoming the 30th player from India to do so. As of September 2023, he is the fourth highest rated player in India (behind Gukesh D, Viswanathan Anand, and R Praggnanandhaa). He is the fourth Indian player to have crossed the Elo rating threshold of 2700.

Early life and chess career[edit]

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi was born in Nashik to Santosh Gujrathi and Nikita Santosh Gujrathi. He did his early schooling at Fravashi Academy and was coached in chess from an early age. In 2006, he finished second in the Asian Youth Championships in the U12 category, thus receiving the title of FIDE Master.[5]

Vidit achieved the title of International Master(14) when he secured 7 points out of 13 in the Velammal 45th National A Chess Championship in Chennai in 2008.[6] In 2008, he won the World Youth Chess Championship in the Open U14 section, the first Indian to do so.[7] He scored 9 points out of a possible 11, gaining his final norm to become an International Master.

He finished 2nd in the U16 category of the World Youth Chess Championship in 2009, tying at 9 points to the eventual winner S. P. Sethuraman, also from India.[8] In the World Junior Chess Championship in Chennai in 2011, held for U20 players, Vidit finished with 8 points out of 11, thus gaining his first GM norm.[9]

In the Nagpur International Open in 2011, Vidit finished with 8 points out of 11, one point behind the eventual winner Ziaur Rahman. He gained his second GM norm in the tournament.[10] Vidit achieved his final GM norm at the age of 18 in the eighth round of the Rose Valley Kolkata Open Grandmasters' chess tournament in 2012, where he finished third.[11]

In 2013, Vidit won a bronze medal in the World Junior Chess Championship in Turkey in the Junior (U20) category.[12][13] Vidit finished third in the Hyderabad International Grandmasters chess tournament in 2013, winning Rs 1.5 lakh.[14]

Vidit has been also performing in the top 10 of other tournaments, including the Commonwealth Championship in 2008. Throughout the years, Vidit was coached by IM Anup Deshmukh, IM Roktim Bandopadhyay, and GM Alon Greenfeld of Israel.[15] Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte, who also coached Vidit earlier, said in 2013 that Vidit could reach an Elo rating of 2700 in two to three years. Kunte also considered Vidit's positional sense excellent, comparing him to the Indian chess player Pentala Harikrishna.[12]

From 22–26 November 2019, he competed in the Tata Steel Rapid and Blitz as a wildcard competitor. He finished in a tie for eighth with fellow wildcard Pentala Harikrishna.[16] He was a part of the Skilling Open, the first event of the 2020–2021 online Champions Chess Tour.[17]

He was the captain of the historic gold medal-winning Indian team in FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020.

Through February and March 2022, Vidit played in the FIDE Grand Prix 2022. In the first leg, he tied for second with Daniil Dubov with 3/6 in Pool C. In the second leg, he finished second in Pool C with a result of 3/6, finishing 12th in the standings with seven points.

Notable results[edit]


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  2. ^ "Santosh Gujrathi Vidit". The Times of India. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
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  5. ^ "Asian Youth championship 2006 U12". FIDE. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Velammal 45th National A Chess Championship, 2008". FIDE. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  7. ^ Manuel Aaron (31 October 2013). "India dominates World Youth championships". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  8. ^ "World Youth Chess Championships 2009 Final Standings". Organiser. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  9. ^ "World Junior Chess Championship 2011". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Nagpur International Open 2012". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Four Indians in seven-way lead; Gujrathi is GM". Hindu. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Historic World Junior Chess bronze for Santosh Vidit". The Times of India. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  13. ^ "India's Santosh Vidit wins bronze at World Junior Chess". First Post. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Sethuraman and Varun take titles". Hindu. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  15. ^ "Winning is a habit for whizkid Vidit". Hindu. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  16. ^ "2019 Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz | Grand Chess Tour".
  17. ^ "Vidit Gujrathi will star in the Champions Chess Tour Skilling Open – ChessBase India". 22 November 2020. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  18. ^ "Team captain Vidit Gujrathi looks back at India's dramatic shared title at the Online Chess Olympiad". The Indian Express. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.

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