Indian grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi has won the FIDE Grand Swiss 2023, defeating Alexandr Predke of Serbia in the 11th round with with 8.5 points, this Sunday night at the Isle of Man in the UK.
Despite a rough start to the tournament, with a defeat in the first round against Dutch grandmaster Erwin l’Ami, Vidit made a stellar recovery, marking a total of seven wins and three draws, clocking a total of 8.5 points in 11 rounds.
🇮🇳 Vidit Gujrathi is the winner of the 2023 #FIDEGrandSwiss!
Thanks to a convincing victory against Alexandr Predke in today's last round, and despite starting the tournament on the wrong foot with a loss, Vidit finishes in clear first place with 8.5 points – and clinches a… pic.twitter.com/Y48hiGxvk7
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) November 5, 2023
The feat has also earned Vidit a berth at the coveted Candidates tournament which will be taking place next year in Toronto, Canada, making him the second Indian after R. Praggnanandhaa to clinch the spot at the tournament.
Six players in total have been selected so far for the Candidates 2024 tournament. Aside from Praggnanandhaa and Vidit, R. Vaishali is the third Indian to make her entry into the tournament. Ian Nepomniatchi of Russia, who is the 2022 World Champion finalist, earned a direct entry, while Azerbaijan’s Nijat Abasov, and the United States’ Fabiano Caruana earned their spots after finishing in the top four of the World Cup 2023, similar to Praggnanandhaa.