Norway Chess: Viswanathan Anand records another victory against world n°1 Magnus Carlsen to take the lead

Indian ace Viswanathan Anand found his way back to winning ways, edging out world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the classical section early Monday in the Norway Chess Tournament to climb into first place.
After defeating the Norwegian superstar in the Blitz event that preceded the classic section, Anand claimed victory in a thrilling Armageddon (sudden death game) after the regular match ended in a 40 move draw.

In Armageddon, 52-year-old Anand recreated the magic of old when he stunned Carlsen to claim a victory in 50 moves. With 10 points in his prize pool, the Indian GM leads the pack with four rounds to go in the prestigious tournament which features some of the best players in the sport.

Anand had started the classic section with three straight wins, beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Hao Wang (China) before American Wesley So ended his streak in the fourth round. Carlsen sits in second place with 9.5 points despite losing to his longtime rival.
Thus, who won the Blitz section earlier, shares third place with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) with 8.5 points.

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In round five, So went down to Mamedyarov via Armageddon. There were victories for Anish Giri (Netherlands) and Aryan Tari of Norway over Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Hao Wang respectively in the fifth round.

Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the sudden death match against veteran Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) in the other game to improve his score to 7 points. In the current Norwegian chess tournament, players participate in an Armageddon (sudden death) in case of a tie in the classic game.

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