Only at the age of 27 Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi has announced his retirement from professional chess. He was the captain of the Indian team that won the Online Olympiad Gold in 2020. However the announcement is basically an April fool prank.
On Friday he said in an interview, “I have struggled to bring home the results. It’s not just recently but it’s something that has been happening since a long time. I crossed the Elo barrier of 2700 in 2017, and it’s been over 4 years and I have been oscillating between the 2710-2730 mark. It’s tiring.” He further added, “The life of a chess player is very scattered. You have to be travelling every now and then to play tournaments. Hence, it becomes very difficult to spend time with your loved one.”
Vidit had also reached the quarter-finals of the FIDE World Cup 2021. The 27-year-old is the India No 2. He recently said that the Chess as a sport is a very lonely endeavour and at present he lacks motivation for the game and every training session feels like a drag to him.