Chennai, July 27
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand’s struggles continued within the USD 1,50,000 Legends of Chess on-line event as he suffered his sixth consecutive defeat with a 2-Three loss to Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia.
Anand began the sixth spherical match with a draw as he got here up with good defensive strikes to maintain the Russian at bay in a 53-move draw.
However, Nepomniachtchi went forward by pulling off a 34-move win within the second recreation. The third noticed the gamers signal peace after 48 strikes.
The five-time world champion then fought again effectively to assert the fourth recreation in 42 strikes to push the competition into the Armageddon (a tie-breaker).
Nepomniachtchi gained the decisive tie-break in 41 strikes to shatter the hopes of the 50-year outdated Indian celebrity and left him winless after six rounds.
World champion Magnus Carlen continued his successful run and tops the standings with 17 match factors. Nepomniachtchi is second on 16 adopted by compatriot Vladimir Karmnik (12).
Anand, who’s making his debut on the Magnus Carlsen Tour, lies ninth with three factors.
Legends of Chess is a novel occasion the place Carlsen, Ding Liren, Nepomniachtchi and Anish 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 high of world chess at numerous factors of their profession.
The winner of this occasion will qualify for the USD 300,000 Grand Final, scheduled from August 9 to 20.
Results – Round 6: Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Viswanathan Anand 3-2; Magnus Carlsen beat Ding Liren 2.5-1.5: Anish Giri beat Peter Leko 2.5-1.5; Vladmir Kramnik beat Boris Gelfand 3-2; Peter Svidler beat Vasyl Ivanchuk 3-2. PTI