Anand finishes third in Norway Classic Chess Tournament
Stavanger (Norway)Jun 11 (SocialNews.XYZ) India’s Viswanathan Anand showed he still has a lot of fight in him despite cutting his schedule by finishing third in Norway Chess 2022, one of the strongest classical chess events of the past two years. .
In the final round on Friday night, Anand beat Norway’s Aryan Tari, winning their mini-match in an Armageddon match after their classic encounter ended in a draw. Anand needed to win the final round of classic play and hope his rivals would be required to draw to claim the title. But he didn’t take any chances in the classic game and instead opted for a quick draw.
Anand finished third with 14.5 points behind world champion Magnus Carlsen (16.5 points) and Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (15.5 points).
In the final round, Carlsen got the better of Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov in the tiebreaker game while Mamedyarov was held to a halt by fellow countryman Taimour Radjabov as he emerged victorious in the tiebreaker game. This meant that Mamedyarov could not close the one-point gap they had before the final round.
After Topalov held off Carlsen, Mamedyarov had a shot at winning the title by winning the classic match against Radjabov. But he couldn’t force victory and Carlsen won the Norway Chess title for the fifth time in 10 years.
In the final round on Friday, Anand accepted a 22-move draw against Aryan Tari, with the five-time world chess champion’s title hopes essentially derailed by a one-move blunder the day before.
He then defended superbly in the Armageddon match, winning the match 1.5-1 as the players got three points for winning the mini-match in the classic game and one each for a draw.
However, it was a splendid performance for the Indian chess maestro as he won seven of his nine mini-games, including a memorable win over Carlsen in the fifth round.