Anand goes right down to Svidler in opening spherical of Legends of Chess tourney

Chennai, July 22

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand went down 1.5-2.5 to Russia’s Peter Svidler within the opening spherical of the USD 150,000 Legends of Chess event.

The Indian ace, making his maiden look on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, drew the primary three video games of the best-of-four contest earlier than shedding the ultimate sport on Tuesday.

Anand, who’s again in motion after having final participated within the Online Nations Cup in May, was tied with Svidler at 1.5 factors every however faltered within the fourth and last sport.

The two performed out three shut video games earlier than Svidler pipped the Indian for the vital win.

Veteran Boris Gelfand stole the highlight on the opening day of the occasion with an upset 3-1 win over China’s world No.3 Ding Liren.

World No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway dominated in a 3-1 victory over Anish Giri (the Netherlands), whereas there have been wins for Ian Nepominiachtchi (Russia) and Peter Leko of Hungary.

All the round-robin video games are best-of-four sport contests.

Legends of Chess is a singular occasion the place Carlsen, Liren, Nepomniachtchi and Giri, semifinalists on the Chessable Masters (a part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour), acquired an computerized invite and are up towards six legends aged 40-52, who’ve been on the prime of world chess at varied factors of their profession.

The event is a part of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The winner of this occasion will qualify for the USD 300,000 Grand Final scheduled from August 9 to 20.

Results: Round 1: Ian Nepominiachtchi beat Vladimir Kramnik 3-2; Magnus Carlsen beat Anish Giri 3-1; Peter Svidler beat Viswanathan Anand 2.5-1.5; Boris Gelfand (Israel) beat Ding Liren 3-1; Peter Leko beat Vasy Ivanchuk 3-2. PTI

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