articles by V Saravanan

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Sinquefield Cup: Fabiano Caruana books place in Grand Chess Tour finals after beating Wesley So in playoff

With his win over Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana joins Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final event in London.

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Sinquefield Cup: Vishwanathan Anand finishes undefeated; Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana emerge joint winners

Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave have qualified to play the Grand Chess Tour final event at London in December.

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Sinquefield Cup: Viswanathan Anand tied sixth in standings after playing draw with Fabiano Caruana, remains unbeaten

The race to top four places of the Grand Chess Tour has become complicated as on date, with many theoretical possibilities depending on the outcome of the last round to be played on Monday.

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Sinquefield Cup: Magnus Carlsen draws with Fabiano Caruana in thrilling contest; Viswanathan Anand remains unbeaten

The leaderboard remains unchanged, with Caruana on the top with 4.5 points followed by Grischuk, Aronian, Mamedyarov and Carlsen on 4. Anand maintains his unbeaten run and remains on 3.5 points.

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Sinquefield Cup: Viswanathan Anand draws against Wesley So; Magnus Carlsen escapes defeat in 6th round

Though he consumed about 30 minutes in the few moves made after Wesley So’s new idea, Anand seemed to cope well and defend the position admirably.

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Sinquefield Cup: Cautious approach the key in tournament so far, as only five games yield results out of 25

It is obvious that no one would play recklessly in the initial phase of the Sinquefield Cup and bow out of the leading pack, thus ruling themselves out of the race.

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Sinquefield Cup: Viswanathan Anand remains unbeaten after playing draw with Levon Aronian in fifth round

Vishwanathan Anand has played steadily in the tournament so far, drawing all his games and remaining unbeaten. All the other games ended in a draw too, making the leaderboard unchanged, with five players on lead with 3 points each.

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Sinquefield Cup: Viswanathan Anand achieves a fighting draw against world champion Magnus Carlsen in fourth round

An intense battle between Viswanathan Anand and world champion Magnus Carlsen ended in a gripping draw after 54 moves in the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup chess tournament

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Sinquefield Cup: Viswanathan Anand in hunt for top four finish with draw; Alexander Grischuk bags only win of third round

As Anand was placed at the bottom of the tour points table, he seemed to be willing to take more risks to give his best shot at finishing in the top of his tournaments.

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Sinquefield Cup: Viswanathan Anand strives to regain form, draws with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in 2nd round

Having played the Najdorf with black pieces himself for about two decades, Viswanathan Anand is known to be a specialist playing the opening or its cousins in the Sicilian defence from the white side too.

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Sinquefield Cup: Viswanathan Anand shows trademark clarity to begin campaign with draw against Hikaru Nakamura

Viswanathan Anand began his campaign in the Sinquefield Cup on a satisfactory note, as he held the Grand Chess Tour leader and the winner of Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, Hikaru Nakamura to a draw in a positional game

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Sinquefield Cup 2018: Magnus Carlsen starts as favourite, Viswanathan Anand looks to bounce back after recent disappointment

An encouraging factor for Anand is that he has performed much better in the classical tournaments he has participated in 2018 so far

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Chess: Viswanathan Anand ends tournament with a bottom finish; Hikaru Nakamura wins event

In a crucial game in the 14th round against World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana, Anand held his own for the length of the game, but blundered in a Queen and pawn ending to lose the game in the final minute of play, which subsequently weakened Anand’s resolve in the tournament

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Chess: Viswanathan Anand's poor form continues into blitz section, finishes at bottom of standings on Day 4

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand's poor form continued in the blitz section at the Saint Louis leg of the Grand Chess Tour, being held in the US.

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Viswanathan Anand at bottom of standings after two defeats on Day 2

Vishwanathan Anand steadily built up a winning advantage only to blunder it away against Levon Aronian in the 5th round. Anand was tied at the bottom of the table with four points after six rounds

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Viswanathan Anand endures mixed day as Fabiano Caruana seizes sole lead on Day 1

Viswanathan Anand had mixed luck and ended up with an equal score at the end of the first day of the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament being held in USA.

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Viswanathan Anand will look to find form with good performance in tournament

Viswanathan Anand will be looking for a comeback in the Grand Chess Tour series of events, as he is participating in the Saint Louis Blitz & Rapid followed by the Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz: Viswanathan Anand lacked incisiveness, but Garry Kasparov impressive throughout

Anand's game seemed to be lacking penetration. He could not create winning chances by playing proactively to wrest the initiative from the opponent.

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Viswanathan Anand's poor show a result of exhaustion, pressure of time

Fatigue of playing the Sinquefield Cup in Classical time control followed by a Rapid Chess event seemed to have taken its toll on Viswanathan Anand

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Viswanathan Anand, hampered by fatigue, finishes disappointing joint 8th

Anand’s day was almost forgettable, as he started off with two draws against the Quang Liam Le and Fabiano Caruana, before losing an one-sided game to Sergey Karjakin