Vishwanathan Anand stays on top, winning streak continues
There is no denying that Indian master Vishwanathan Anand is an unwavering force. When in full song, Anand can make moves that completely dismantle the opposition. The 52-year-old Indian master retained his top spot and continued his winning streak in the Norwegian chess tournament after beating China’s Wang Hao in the third round. Preserving his reputation, Anand won Armageddon early Friday.
The Armageddon match saw former world champion Pip Hao take his points tally to No. 7 after completing 44 moves. As of now, Anand is followed by American Wesly with 6 points to his name and the current world number. 1 Magnus Carlsen with 5 points. Before the third match, Anand emerged victorious over Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Bulgarian Veselin Topalov in the first two rounds. On the other hand, Carlsen bounced back and took the victory against Teimour Radjabov after losing in the second round.
The Norwegian chess tournament format is such that the player must participate in Armageddon if the contest ends in a draw. In the various other matches in progress, Vachier-Lagrave beat the Norwegian Aryan Tari.
(Inputs from PTI)