Norwegian Chess: Vishwanathan Anand lost to Azerbaijan’s Shakir Mamedirov.AFP
In the Norwegian chess tournament, Indian teacher Vishwanathan Anand’s campaign suffered a setback after losing in the ninth round to Azerbaijan’s Shakir Mamedirov, until Norwegian star Magnus Carlsen took the only lead with a win over France’s Maxim Vichier-Lagrau. Anand took the lead in the standings after the fifth round, showing excellent form with a victory over Carlson, but lost to Mamedirov in 22 moves in a classical match at the Petrov Millennium Attack Game late on Thursday.
As soon as the tournament resumed after a break on Wednesday, the 37-year-old Azerbaijani player took advantage of an Indian veteran’s mistake to score three full points.
Anand, who was second behind world number one Carlson after seven rounds, finished eighth and third with 13 points at the end of the final round.
Carlson, meanwhile, defeated Wechsler-Lagrau via Armageddon, while the regular classic marathon ended in a 79-move draw. The tiebreak of sudden death was also long in which the Norwegian superstar needed 54 tricks to subdue his opponent.
Carlson is the only leader with 15 points, followed by Mamedirov at 14.5. Vachier-Lagrave is in fourth place, half a point behind Anand.
In other matches of the day, Wesley Soo of the United States, who had won the Blitz event before the Classical Tournament, lost to Veselin Topalov, a veteran of Bulgaria at Armageddon, and Timur Radzabov defeated Hao Wang (China) in a sudden death tiebreak.
Dutch player Anish Geri, who has been campaigning for a tumultuous run, scored three points in the classical match, beating Norway’s Aryan Tari in 61 moves.
The ninth and final round will be played later Friday night.
In the Norwegian Chess Tournament, players participate in Armageddon (sudden death) in the event of a classical match being drawn.
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