Vidit Chess Tour: Aronyak and Gukesh in the final

by ChessBase
3/7/2021 – The Vidit Chess Tour comes to an end on Sunday, when Gukesh and Aronyak will play the four-game final match starting at 13:30 CET. Sixteen players qualified to the knockout event which kicked off on Thursday. Rating favourites Narayanan S. L. and Praggnanandhaa were eliminated in the semifinals and quarterfinals respectively. | Follow the final live, with computer analysis and commentaries!

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Final: Gukesh vs Aronyak

Besides the Champions Chess Tour, a “Vidit Chess Tour” is taking place as a qualifying event for the tour organized by the Magnus Carlsen Group. This online tournament is being played as a knockout on March 4-7 with 16 players from India on the chess24 platform. The participants qualified to the event by playing preliminary blitz tournaments. The first two players from each blitz open tournament qualified to the knockout tournament.

In the knockout, two games are played per round with a time limit of 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move — four games will take place in the final. In case of a draw, an Armageddon decider will be played.

The first prize is 1,000 US dollars. The top eight players will get an invitation to the Indian qualifying tournament for the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

Gukesh and Aronyak reached the final. The former defeated Vishnu Prassana, Mitrabha Guha and Narayanan S. L. on his way to the deciding match; while the latter got the better of Abhijeet Gupta, Harsha Bharathakoti and Erigaisi Arjun to reach the final.

Live games and commentary


Commentary by Srinath Narayanan and Vidit Gujrathi

Top 16 Qualifiers

The qualifier events took place on February 21-28 on Tornelo. The time control for each event was 3 minutes for the games plus 2-second increments.

Here are the results:

  • Event 1 (21 February) - GM Arjun Erigaisi 8.0/9 and GM Harsha Bharathakoti 7.5/9
  • Event 2 (22 February) - GM Raunak Sadhwani 8.5/9 and GM Abhimanyu Puranik 7.5/9
  • Event 3 (23 February) - GM Narayanan S L 8.0/9 and IM Mitrabha Guha 8.0/9
  • Event 4 (24 February) - GM Praggnanandhaa 7.5/9 and IM Sammed Shete 7.5/9
  • Event 5 (25t February) - GM Visakh N R 8.0/9 and IM Arjun Kalyan 7.5/9
  • Event 6 (26 February) - IM Aronyak Ghosh 8.0/9 and GM D Gukesh 7.0/9
  • Event 7 (27 February) - IM Pranesh M 7.5/9 and GM Vishnu Prasanna 7.0/9
  • Event 8 (28 February) - GM Abhijeet Gupta 7.5/9 and GM Diptayan Ghosh 7.0/9


  • 1st - US$ 1000
  • 2nd - US$ 750
  • 3rd - US$ 500
  • 4th to 16th - US$ 233


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