Norway Chess: Anand overpowers Vachier-Lagrave, jumps to corner second spot

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Former universe champion Viswanathan Anand scored a thumping feat over French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to burst to corner second mark after a finish of a sixth turn of Norway Chess tournament, that is a partial of a Grand Chess tour.

Anand took his total to 4 points out of a probable 6 following a abrasive feat and a Indian ace seems to be removing improved as a contest is progressing.

File design of Viswanathan Anand. AFPFile design of Viswanathan Anand. AFP

File design of Viswanathan Anand. AFP

Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria strengthened his lead during a tip with another feat during a responsibility of Alexander Grischuk of Russia. The Bulgarian took his altogether total to 5.5 points with his fifth win in a strongest contest of a year.

The other games of a sixth turn finished in draws. Anish Giri of Holland played a prolonged fanciful line nonetheless again and drew with Levon Aronian of Armenia, Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway sealed assent with Fabiano Caruana of Italy while World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway could not get past a plain defences of Hikaru Nakamura of United States.

With 3 rounds still to come, Nakamura and Anand share a second mark on 4 points any while Anish Giri is alone in fourth mark fourth on 3.5 points. The contingent of Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian and Caruana are on corner 5th on 2.5 points while Carlsen shares a eighth mark on dual points any and Hammer is now final with 1.5 points in his kitty.

Anand stole a day’s honours with a shining game. It was a Bishop scapegoat out of a Sicilian Najdorf that held everyone’s courtesy in a center game.

Interestingly, a identical scapegoat in a accurate same movement had occurred in a new tip diversion between David Navara and Grischuk. And, as it incited out, both players were wakeful of that.

“We both remembered Navara-Grischuk, though we couldn’t remember a details,” pronounced Anand.
“I couldn’t make it work during first. we was astounded that he authorised it. It was a protected sacrifice, since we always had during slightest a draw.”

There followed some extraordinary tactics, though in each singular line White was winning. “This is positional chess in a Sicilian!” joked Anand in a post-game chat. Vachier-Lagrave concluded he missed a essential point.

“I totally missed Bishop sacrifice,” pronounced MVL.
“I suspicion we was fortifying [against this threat] and unexpected we wasn’t fortifying during all. we felt during a diversion we should be OK,” he added.

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Soon after Anand’s game, Topalov degraded Grischuk. Ten years ago Topalov won a FIDE universe championship contest with 10/14, scoring 6.5/7 in a initial half, this eventuality is portion as a ideal sign to all of that greatest performance.

In a Nimzo-Indian that fast looked a bit like a Benoni, Grischuk fundamentally blundered a square as early as pierce 16. “I am a bit surprised,” pronounced Topalov.
“I don’t consider I’m personification that good though it’s good adequate to see that mistake.”

The contest personality remained medium about his score: “Sometimes it happens that you’re removing all a fitness in one tournament. we consider that’s function here now.”

Results turn 6: V Anand (Ind, 4) kick Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 2.5); Jon Ludvig Hammer (Nor, 1.5) drew with Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 2.5); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2) drew with Hikaru Nakamura (Usa, 4); Anish Giri (3.5) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm, 2.5); Veselin Topalov (Bul, 5.5) kick Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 2).

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