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World Rapid and Blitz: Viswanathan Anand feels losing just one game in blitz event was a huge achievement
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World Rapid and Blitz: Viswanathan Anand feels losing just one game in blitz event was a huge achievement

Anand has endured a tough year which included an early exit in the Chess World Cup in Georgia and finishing last in the recent London Chess Classic, before the turnaround towards the end of 2017.

World Rapid and Blitz: Undefeated Viswanathan Anand shares 2nd spot on Day 2; Harika Dronavalli in joint 3rd place
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World Rapid and Blitz: Undefeated Viswanathan Anand shares 2nd spot on Day 2; Harika Dronavalli in joint 3rd place

Anand, the former five-time world champion has not only remained undefeated in his first ten games, but also won a game against his arch-rival GM Magnus Carlsen in round 9.

London Chess Classic: Fabiano Caruana wins title after play-offs; Viswanathan Anand loses to Wesley So in final round
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London Chess Classic: Fabiano Caruana wins title after play-offs; Viswanathan Anand loses to Wesley So in final round

The ninth edition of the London Chess Classic was won by the American GM Fabiano Caruana. After his win against GM Michael Adams in the final round, Fabiano Caruana successfully caught up with the Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi for the first place and then won the blitz tie-breaker to lift the trophy.

London Chess Classic: Ian Nepomniachtchi wins after Magnus Carlsen's tactical blunder; Viswanathan Anand held
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London Chess Classic: Ian Nepomniachtchi wins after Magnus Carlsen's tactical blunder; Viswanathan Anand held

Anand hasn’t got much to play for in the final round. But as he said in his post-game interview, he can now forget the tournament more or less and play the last one as an individual game.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand crumbles under pressure; Magnus Carlsen impresses against Michael Adams
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand crumbles under pressure; Magnus Carlsen impresses against Michael Adams

The biggest result of the round was the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Viswanathan Anand which the former won and joined Fabiano Caruana as the tournament leader.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Sergey Karjakin to flounder at the bottom; Magnus Carlsen escapes loss
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Sergey Karjakin to flounder at the bottom; Magnus Carlsen escapes loss

After Anand's loss in the previous round, this was a good opportunity for him to make a comeback in the tournament. He had had a day of rest and had white pieces against another tail-ender at the event.

London Chess Classic 2017: Viswanathan Anand falters at crunch moments against Fabiano Caruana; Magnus Carlsen held
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London Chess Classic 2017: Viswanathan Anand falters at crunch moments against Fabiano Caruana; Magnus Carlsen held

Anand, who had the black pieces in this game, went into the realms of the Berlin Defence and tried to keep things stable. But Caruana had no intentions of striking a truce.

London Chess Classic 2017: Viswanathan Anand holds Levon Aronian; Fabiano Caruana registers first win
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London Chess Classic 2017: Viswanathan Anand holds Levon Aronian; Fabiano Caruana registers first win

In the game between Viswanathan Anand and Aronian, the latter sort of found a way to get into the realms of his favourite Marshall Gambit despite Anand's Anti-Marshall set-up.

London Chess Classic 2017: Viswanathan Anand starts off with a draw after Hikaru Nakamura's overambitious play
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London Chess Classic 2017: Viswanathan Anand starts off with a draw after Hikaru Nakamura's overambitious play

Since Anand will play with the whites and Adams is the lowest rated in the field, it will be interesting to see if the Indian will push for a win in the second round.

London Chess Classic champion Wesley So: I never celebrate until I get home with the trophies
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London Chess Classic champion Wesley So: I never celebrate until I get home with the trophies

"Every loss or draw is a setback. You can only take it one game at a time. Two steps forward, one step backwards seems to be the normal pace," says Wesley So.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Vladimir Kramnik to share third spot
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Vladimir Kramnik to share third spot

Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with long-time rival Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to end the London Chess Classic with a shared third result after the end of the ninth and final round in London.

London Chess Classic: Is the Viswanathan Anand era coming to an end?
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London Chess Classic: Is the Viswanathan Anand era coming to an end?

Every time he is down in the dumps, Viswanathan Anand rises from the ashes like a phoenix and gives a fitting answer to all his detractors who want him to retire from the game.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand crushes Veselin Topalov with another 'novelty'
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand crushes Veselin Topalov with another 'novelty'

After a novelty against Wesley So, Viswanathan Anand showed the world that he had more tricks under his sleeve by uncorking another interesting novelty against Veselin Topalov.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Levon Aronian, slips to joint 5th
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Levon Aronian, slips to joint 5th

Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with Levon Aronian of Armenia in the seventh round of London Chess Classic.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand escapes from jaws of defeat, maintains 50% score
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand escapes from jaws of defeat, maintains 50% score

It seemed as if Viswanathan Anand's king would be mauled and Anish Giri would score his first victory, but due to some inaccuracies, he let Anand secure his king and the game ended in a draw.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand played a stunning 'novelty' in easy draw against Wesley So
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand played a stunning 'novelty' in easy draw against Wesley So

Against tournament leader Wesley So, Viswanathan Anand played a completely fresh idea. The move came as such a shock for Wesley that he didn’t make his next move for 30 minutes.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand still has hope; looks to upstage leader Wesley So
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand still has hope; looks to upstage leader Wesley So

Although Viswanathan Anand is currently in the seventh position, the scores clearly show that a win or two will propel him right to the top.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand loses to Hikaru Nakamura in third round
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London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand loses to Hikaru Nakamura in third round

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand went down to Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the third round of London Chess Classic tournament on Monday.