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Chess: Anand falters while Carlsen is supreme

Prime News, International and National Sport, Chess, Kolkata, November 25:- Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand failed to utilise most of his opportunities in the final game as he finished joint sixth while Magnus Carlsen stamped his authority in the rapid chess to win by a huge margin in the Tata Steel Rapid and Blitz Chess Tournament here on Sunday.

Anand, who struggled in the last game of the second day against Anish Giri of Holland, did not quite re-work his energy and lost to Carlsen in the first game of the third day and then made a draw with compatriot Vidit Gujrathi.

In the final rapid game, the die was cast and Anand was clearly much better against another compatriot P Harikrishna. But the game again pattered out to a draw, leaving Anand with a joint sixth-place finish in the rapid section of the strongest tournament on Indian soil.

Reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen had nothing to complain about even though he was busy ringing the bell for the pink ball cricket Test between India and Bangladesh.

The Norwegian showed yet again why he will be hailed as one of the finest players ever as he beat Anand first and then Ding Liren in the final round. In between, a draw with Harikrishna happened, wherein too Carlsen was pressing for a victory for a long time.

With the rapid section over, Carlsen was leading with a whopping 15 points out of a possible 18, while American Hikaru Nakamura was a distant second on 11 points followed by Wesley So of United States, Anish Giri of Holland and a resurgent Levon Aronian of Armenia at joint third spot on nine points each. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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