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Norway Chess 2018: Viswanathan Anand beats Sergey Karjakin in exciting last round; Fabiano Caruana takes title
Some hair-raising drama was witnessed in the final round of the Altibox Norway Chess 2018, where as many as four players were leading the tournament, with Viswanathan Anand at second.
Norway Chess 2018: Magnus Carlsen suffers his first loss to Wesley So; Viswanathan Anand draws yet again
For Magnus Carlsen, this was not only his first loss of the tournament but also the year. Carlsen was slated to play Wesley So in round six and was pretty confident that he will be able to hold the game.
Despite being held by Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen increased his lead to a point as world title challenger Fabiano Caruana beat Sergey Karjakin.
Norway Chess 2018: Magnus Carlsen off to winning start; Vishwanthan Anand draws Levon Aronian in Round 1
The game between Anand and Aronian was, perhaps, the most tepid. This game also began with a king’s pawn opening that Aronian steered into the waters of the Berlin Defence
Viswanathan Anand finished joint second behind Wesley So in the blitz tournament organised ahead of the main event at Altibox Norway Chess.
After the game, Anand said maybe he rushed a bit with his move 20.Ra6 and that he should probably have played with some more subtlety.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with current world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and finished tied sixth after the end of the ninth and final round of Altibox Norway chess tournament.
Reluctant to risk too much, Altibox Norway Chess leader Levon Aronian chose to force a draw against five-time world champions Viswanathan Anand after 32 moves.
Altibox Norway Chess: Viswanathan Anand forced to settle for a draw against Levon Aronian in round 8
Viswanathan Anand drew with tournament leader Levon Aronian of Armenia in the eighth and penultimate round of the Altibox Norway chess tournament now drawing to a close.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw against USA's Hikaru Nakamura in the seventh round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament to take his points tally to 3. Levon Aronian leads with 5 points
Although Anand has fought hard and has even staged an excellent comeback in the last round with his win against Caruana, the tournament has been a difficult one for him.
In the last three remaining games, Anand gets two white and one black which might just help the Indian ace to turn the tide in his favour.
Anand's win in round 6 has come at a perfect time and might just catapult him higher up the tournament leaderboard.
This was Anand’s chance to seek revenge against Giri and equalise their all-time score. Alas, that was not to be.
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.
Five time World Champion, Viswanathan Anand does not have an ideal start to the Altibox Norway Chess as he loses out to his old rival Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the second round.
Anand suffered a lapse in concentration and misjudged the position that arose after he exchanged his queen-bishop pawn for Kramnik’s queen-rook pawn.
With his win in the very first round, Nakamura has emerged as the sole leader after round 1. He is followed by eight players, including Anand, who are tied at 0.5.