Legends of Chess: Anand suffers third straight defeat

Chennai, July 24

Indian ace Viswanathan Anand struggled for the third consecutive spherical, dropping to Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik to languish on the backside of the factors desk within the USD 150,000 Legends of Chess on-line event.

Anand went down 0.5-2.5 to Kramnik late on Thursday.

The former world champion, who had misplaced within the first two rounds to Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen respectively, couldn’t flip issues round.

Anand misplaced the opening recreation regardless of some good play as his Russian opponent fought again strongly.

A defeat within the second put the Indian No.1 on the back-foot and a draw within the third ended his hopes.

The Chennai-based Anand is making his maiden look on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.

World No.1 Carlsen shares the highest spot with Svidler, with three victories and 9 match factors.

Meanwhile, world No. 3 Ding Liren continued to battle as he misplaced after main 1.5-0.5 to Ukraine veteran Vasyl Ivanchuk.

Anand and Liren lie on the backside of the desk, with no win towards their title.

The Indian meets Anish Giri (the Netherlands) within the fourth spherical later tonight.

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

Legends of Chess is an occasion the place Carlsen, Liren, Nepomniachtchi and Giri, semifinalists on the Chessable Masters (a part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour), acquired an computerized invite.

They 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. PTI

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