Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Viswanathan Anand beats Magnus Carlsen world's No. 1 chess player

Viswanathan Anand beats Magnus Carlsen world's No. 1 chess player

Indian chess players continued to get the greater of world champion Magnus Carlsen. After Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Viswanathan Anand defeated the world No. 1, Magnus Carlsen, in a one-day tournament before the 10th edition of the Norway Chess championship.

However, Viswanathan Anand lost to Anish Giri (the Netherlands) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) in the fourth and ninth round, respectively, to finish with 5 points early in the 10-player blitz event on Tuesday.

The Indian GM started with a win over Aryan Tari (Norway) in the blitz before drawing in round two. He posted a victory over veteran Veselin Topalov in the third round before sharing the point with Teimur Radjabov.

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After a loss to Giri and a draw with Hao Wang (China), Anand scored over Carlsen. The tie against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and the failure of Vachier-Lagrave paid to his chances of a high finish after having started with 2.5 points from the first three rounds.

Anand's win over Carlsen comes close on the heels of compatriot and teen sensation R Praggnandhaa defeating the Norwegian world champion in an online blitz tournament recently.

American Wesley So finished on top of the Blitz standings with 6.5 points, one clear of Carlsen, while Giri took the third spot. He thus earned the right to pick his starting number for the classical event. The ten players will play a classical event beginning later on Tuesday.

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