Norway Chess: Viswanathan Anand gets the better of world champion Carlsen in blitz

Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen in the seventh round of the Norway Chess blitz on Tuesday, claiming a fourth-place finish. A loss to Anish Giri in the fifth round and France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the ninth round meant Anand finished fourth with five points in the event. At the top is American grandmaster Wesley So, who has 6 .5 points, a clear round from Carlsen. Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri takes third place.

Viswanathan Anand started with a victory over Norway’s Aryan Tari, before drawing with Wesley So in the second and winning against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov in the third round. In the fourth round, he shared the points with Azerbaijani Teimur Radjabov. A loss to Giri in the fifth was followed by a draw against China’s Hao Wang in the sixth round and finally a win over Carlsen in the seventh.

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However, a tie with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and a loss to Vachier-Lagrave in the next two rounds ended his chances of finishing top. After winning the blitz, So earned the right to choose her starting number for the classic event, which kicks off later today and features 10 players. Anand begins his journey in the Classic event against Vachier-Lagrave.

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