Chess Pro League: Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi created a storm in the Pro Chess League match. Vidit defeated Norwegian chess wizard Magnus Carlsen to register his first win over the reigning world champion.
Chess grandmaster Vidit Gujrati surprised five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen, playing for Canada Chess Brahs, in a Pro Chess League match on Tuesday. Gujrati took advantage of a mistake by world number one Carlsen, who missed checkmate in round three late on Tuesday.
Just defeated the GOAT, World champion, Magnus Carlsen!!
— Vidit Gujrathi (@viditchess) February 21, 2023
Carlsen was playing in the Pro Chess League for the Canadian Chessbrothers. It is an online tournament for teams from all over the world. There are 16 teams competing in rapid games in this tournament. It carries a prize money of US$150,000.
Vidit Gujrati took advantage of the mistakes made by his famous opponent to win the match with the black pieces. Vidit Gujarati tweeted after the win that we fought hard and I think beating Magnus was definitely the cherry on top for me.
The 28-year-old Vidit Gujarati joined the likes of Indian GMs R Praggnananda, D Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi in defeating Carlsen. The Indian trio had earlier won over the Norwegian superstar in various tournaments in 2022. Praggnananda has defeated Carlsen many times.