Vidit: Profile, Biography, Career and Achievements
In this article, we will have a glance at the journey including biography, career and achievements of the renowned Indian Chess player Vidit.
One of the best chess players the nation of India has ever produced is Vidit Gujrathi, an Indian who plays chess. He was only the 30th Indian player to achieve the rank of Grandmaster as of January 2013. After Viswanathan Anand, Krishnan Sasikiran, and Pentala Harikrishna, he was the fourth Indian to surpass the elusive 2700 Elo rating in August 2017. He ranked second in India as of May 2022, just behind the illustrious Viswanathan Anand. He served as the team captain for India, which won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2020 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. He was also promoted to the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship, won the 2019 Biel Chess Festival Grandmaster tournament, placed second at the 2020 Prague Chess Festival Masters event, and won the 2019 Biel Chess Festival Grandmaster tournament. His best finish in the FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) men’s world rankings came in January 2022, when he was ranked 19. His peak FIDE rating of 2737 was reached in the same month.
Full Name: Vidit Santosh Gujrathi
Nickname: Montu, VD
Profession: Chess Player
Title: GM (Grand Master)
Vidit’s Physical Status
Height:1.82 m (6 ft)
Weight: 75kg (165 Pound)
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black
Vidit’s Personal Life
Date of Birth: 24 October 1994
Place of Birth: Maharashtra, India
Hometown: Nashik, Maharashtra, India
School: Fravashi Academy in Nashik, Maharashtra
Hobbies: Fishing, Writing Songs, Cooking, Playing Guitar
Father Name: Santosh Gujrathi (Doctor)
Mother Name: Nikita Gujrathi (Doctor)
Marital Status: Unmarried
Siblings: Vedika (Young Sister)
Vidit’s Chess Career and Achievements
- In 2006, when competing in the under-12 division of the Asian Youth Championships, he initially gained notoriety by placing second. The result was that he had become a FIDE Master.
- Having become an international master in 2008, Vidit had attained that distinction. He was the first Indian to do so when he triumphed in the open under-14 division of the World Youth Chess Championship that same year.
- At the World Youth Chess Championship for players under 16, he placed second in 2009. He achieved his first Grandmaster norm in 2011 by earning 8 out of a potential 11 points in the World Junior Chess Championship.
- By January 2013, he had attained his last Grandmaster standard. In the under-20 division of the World Junior Chess Championship in 2013, he also took home the “Bronze” medal.
- He was the top Indian player at the Chess World Cup 2021, a 206-person single-elimination chess tournament held in Sochi, Russia. He had fallen short of Jan-Krzysztof Duda, the eventual winner, in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.
- He announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 27 in an elaborate social media message in April 2022. In the note, he had expressed dissatisfaction with his advancement since August 2017, when he had passed the elusive 2700 Elo rating threshold.
- His mental exhaustion from traveling so much for competitions all over the world, particularly during the COVID-19 era when strict quarantine periods were required, was also highlighted in the message. It was eventually discovered that this was a clever April Fools joke.
- On his own YouTube channel, which he manages, he frequently vlogs and shares chess-related material. More than 250k people have subscribed to the channel.