Viswanathan Anand beats Sergey Karjakin to Take Joint Lead at Candidates Chess

Updated: 25 March 2016 15:26 IST

Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana are the two new leaders at Candidates Chess with 6.5 points apiece while Sergey Karjakin is now sole third on six points.

Viswanathan Anand beats Sergey Karjakin to Take Joint Lead at Candidates Chess
Viswanathan Anand was in a must-win situation to stay afloat at Candidates Chess tournament.. © AFP

Moscow:

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Sergey Karjakin of Russia and came roaring back into the lead after the 11th round of the Candidates Chess tournament in Moscow. (Anand Loses to Fabiano Caruana)

After suffering a defeat at the hands of Fabiano Caruana of United States in the previous round, Anand was in a must-win situation to stay afloat in the biggest challenge of the year and the Indian ace came out with flying colours, beating the local hope in spectacular style.

The other highlight of the day was Armenian Levon Aronian's loss to Peter Svidler of Russia which meant that there are mainly two contenders for the final dash of the Candidates that will select the challenger to world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

While the world is craving for Anand-Carlsen third edition, Caruana is the one who is calling the shots now thanks to his better tiebreak. However, the American would be kicking himself not to have converted a clearly better position against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the eleventh round.

With three rounds still to come, Anand and Caruana are the two new leaders on 6.5 points apiece while Karjakin is now sole third on six points to his credit.

Anish Giri of Holand, Svidler and Aronian are now on 5.5 points apiece hoping for a miracle to turn their fortunes around while Hikaru Nakamura of United States and Topalov will be hoping to finish well in the last four games.

Yet again, Anand staged a grand comeback while being down and out and it was a true demonstration of his grit that saw the day through. It was an Anti-Berlin opening yet again wherein Anand seized the early initiative with his better preparation as Karjakin fell way behind on the clock.

The Russian erred in the defence and Anand was soon all over him with some finely crafted manoeuvres. In the end it was a sweet revenge for the Indian ace.

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Highlights
  • Anand lost to Fabiano Caruana of United States in the previous round
  • Anand and Caruana are the two new leaders with 6.5 points
  • Sergey Karjakin is now sole third with six points
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