Viswanathan Anand defeats Garry Kasparov in fourth round of Blitz event-Sports News , Justnewsday

By | July 10, 2021

Viswanathan Anand defeats Garry Kasparov in fourth round of Blitz event-Sports News , Justnewsday

Playing with white pieces, the Chennai-based maestro took down Kasparov in 30 moves in a Sicillian Najdorf variation game in the fourth round of the Blitz event.

Croatia Grand Chess Tour: Viswanathan Anand defeats Garry Kasparov in fourth round of Blitz event

File image of chess icons Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand. Image credit: Twitter/@FIDE_chess

Zagreb: Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand trumped former world champion Garry Kasparov in the much-awaited contest of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour in Zagreb on Saturday.

Playing with white pieces, the Chennai-based maestro took down Kasparov in 30 moves in a Sicillian Najdorf variation game in the fourth round of the Blitz event.

The Indian ace, however, went down to Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi, the top-seed here, in round five. He posted victories over Jan-Kryzstof Duda, Anton Korobov and Jorden Van Foreest and drew his eighth round game against Shakriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.

Anand has till now posted four wins, two draws and suffered two defeats in eight rounds of the Blitz section to be placed fifth with 14 points.

He started the Blitz competition with a defeat at the hands of Dutch GM Anish Giri before bouncing back with a win over Jan-Kryzstof Duda of Poland.

He then shared points with French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the third round.

The former world champion had ended up at seventh spot after the Rapid section with nine points. He had posted two wins and drawn five and lost two matches.

Anand is returning to over-the-board action after March 2020 and resumed his rivalry with Kasparov, who is playing the Blitz event alone in Zagreb.

Results: Blitz: Fourth round: Viswanathan Anand beat Garry Kasparov; Anton Korobov lost to Jan-Kryzstof Duda; Shakriyar Mamedyarov lost to Alexander Grischuk; Anish Giri drew Peter Van Foreest; Ian Nepomniachtchi drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

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