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Anand wins Tal Chess tournament with ease

By Unnikrishnan
Viswanathan Anand

Bengaluru, March 5: World rapid champion Viswanathan Anand annexed the Tal Memorial rapid chess title in Moscow after an easy final round draw against Boris Gelfand of Israel.

Anand finished with six points out of a possible nine, scoring four wins and four draws. His solitary loss came at the hands of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the third round.

Anand defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk and Daniil Dubov of Russia and Hikaru Nakamura of the US en route to his final score.

The most crucial was his victory over Grischuk in the penultimate round that sealed the title for Anand. It was a Sicilian defense where Anand employed the Rossolimo variation with his white pieces.

The players castled on the opposite wing and the king hunt was on from the early middle game stages. Anand sacrificed a pawn to open up the position and Grischuk erred by going for counter-attack instead of defending precisely.

What followed was a treat for the spectators as Anand came up with a startling knight and a rook sacrifice to force checkmate. The game lasted 30 moves.

Dubov and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia scored four points and the Russian duo of Peter Svidler and Nepomniachtchi ended in the ninth spot.

For Anand, this was another fine addition to the world rapid title he had won in Riyadh just over two months ago. The Indian will now try to replicate his performance in the blitz tournament that will see a few players added to the present list.

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Story first published: Monday, March 5, 2018, 15:33 [IST]
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