Altibox Norway Chess: Viswanathan Anand goes down to Anish Giri for 2nd defeat of tournament
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered his second defeat in the Altibox Norway chess tournament, losing to Anish Giri of Netherlands in the fourth round.
Stavanger: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered his second defeat in the Altibox Norway chess tournament, losing to Anish Giri of Netherlands in the fourth round in Stavanger.
After losing to Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the second round, Anand got double black and the Indian star was under consistent pressure from a rejuvenated Giri, who had been sharing the bottom of the table with Anand at the start of the fourth round.
Playing the black side of an English opening, Anand gave up the Bishop pair early in the opening and Giri benefited thanks to his energetic play.
By the 17th move, Giri took black's remaining bishop to boast of a double bishop versus two knights position wherein the computer suggested level chances but it was not so easy to play on the board.
As it happened in the game, after a rather rude king side breakthrough, Giri was able to gain a lot of space and won a pawn on 27th move to prove his superiority. Anand won the pawn back but his position deteriorated quickly and he resigned on the 33rd move.
After a rather dull first three days, it turned out to be a bloody day as world champion Magnus Carlsen was grinded down by Levon Aronian of Armenia and Hikaru Nakamura of the US scored his second victory in the event at the expense of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.
The rest day apparently did a lot of good to the winners in this round.
Kramnik was trying to salvage a tough position against Fabiano Caruana of the US while Wesley So of the US was locked in a close battle with Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
Results round four: Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2) beat Viswanathan Anand (India, 1); Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2.5) beat Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 1); Hikaru Nakamura (US, 3) beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 1.5); Fabiano Caruana (US, 1.5) playing Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2); Wesley So (US, 1.5) playing Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 1.5).
Azerbaijan's Mamedyarov's win over Praggnanandhaa helped him join world no.1 Magnus Carlsen in the lead. The 16-year old Indian GM now has 2.5 points after eight rounds having suffered four defeats so far
Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, meanwhile, bounced back after a defeat in the third round and scored his first victory of the tournament, beating Nils Grandelius of Sweden late on Tuesday to take his tally to 2 points
He remained unbeaten through nine rounds and accumulated 6.5 points to finish half a point ahead of Icelandic GM Hannes Stefansson, the runner-up.