India feels Anand agony

Chennai, July 30

There are 66 chess Grandmasters in India, and the nation has been going by a chess growth over the past decade. However, the standard of the gamers generally is a explanation for fear — in his 51st yr, Viswanathan Anand stays simply the very best participant. He has been India No. 1 repeatedly for over 34 years, aside from a number of days in 2016. The subsequent greatest India on the earth rankings is Vidit Gujrathi, the world No. 23, adopted by P Harikrishna at No. 26.

However, the hole between India and the remainder of the world is highlighted by Anand’s struggles within the Legends of Chess on-line event. 

Story Highlights

  • India has added 21 new GMs within the final three years, eight of them are within the 10-19 age-group
  • It took 20 years for India’s GM depend to go from 1 to 20
  • 8 Indian gamers turned GMs in 2019, essentially the most in a yr
  • But solely 3 Indians are on the earth top-80

Near backside

Anand signed off second from backside after his disappointing marketing campaign on the event ended with a loss to long-time rival Vasyl Ivanchuk within the ninth and closing spherical.

It was Anand’s eighth loss within the $150,000 event. The 50-year-old resulted in ninth place, whereas GM Peter Leko completed final. After all 4 video games resulted in attracts, the Anand-Ivanchuk contest went into the Armageddon tie-breaker, which additionally resulted in a stalemate. The Ukrainian emerged victorious as he performed black within the decider late on Wednesday.

Anand began the match with a 57-move draw and the tie progressed in an identical vein with the gamers choosing quiet attracts. The Armageddon recreation was a 59-move affair earlier than the previous world champion signed peace with Ivanchuk.

Anand completed ninth within the standings with 7 factors and a solitary win (over Boris Gelfand) on his debut on the Magnus Carlsen Tour.

In different matches, world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen beat Vladimir Kramnik 3-1 to complete with an all-win file after 9 matches within the preliminary stage. The Norwegian will now play Russia’s Peter Svidler within the semifinals, whereas Anish Giri (Hungary) takes on Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) within the second semifinal. The event is a part of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The winner of this occasion qualifies for the $300,000 Grand Final, scheduled from August 9 to 20. — TNS, businesses

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