File photo of Vishwanathan Anand.AFP
Indian Vishwanathan Anand, returning to the winning streak, reached the top position in the Norwegian Chess Tournament early Monday, beating world number one Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the classical section. After defeating the Norwegian superstar in the Blitz event before the classical section, Anand claimed victory in a thrilling Armageddon (game of sudden death) when the regular match ended in a 40-trick draw. At Armageddon, Anand, 52, re-enacted the old magic when he stunned Carlson to win 50 moves.
With 10 points in their kitty, the Indian GM tops the field with four more rounds to go to this prestigious tournament which includes the best players of the game.
Anand started the Classic section with three consecutive wins, defeating Maxim Wechsler-Lagrau (France), Weslin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Hao Wang (China), before American Wesley Xu reached the fourth round. I ended my series.
Carlson is in second place with 9.5 points despite losing to his old rival.
Wesley Soo, who won the first blitz section, is third with 8.5 points, thanks to Shakir Mamedirov (Azerbaijan).
In the fifth round, So went to Mamedyarov via Armageddon.
In the fifth round, Anish Gree (Netherlands) and Arin Tari of Norway won against Timur Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Wang Hao respectively.
Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave increased his score to 7 points in the second match by winning a sudden death match against veteran Vaseline Topalov (Bulgaria).
In the ongoing Norwegian Chess Tournament, players take part in Armageddon (sudden death) in the event of a draw in a classical game.
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