Vidit advanced to the Quarter Final with a smooth victory over the Azerbaijan GM Vasif Durarbayli. Vidit outprepared his opponent with the Black pieces in a Ruy Lopez Archangelsk opening and applied pressure right from the beginning. The relentless pressure created by Vidit provoked gradual mistakes from his opponent. Faced with an unsalvageable position and no time, his opponent resigned after 38 moves. Vidit will face the winner of the match between Russian GM Alexander Grichuk and Polish No:1, GM Jan-Krystzof Duda.
Report by GM N Srinath & Photo by Anastasiia Korolkova/FIDE