Viswanathan Anand obtained off to a poor begin in the Legends of Chess series on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour as he misplaced to Russia’s Peter Svidler in their four-game fast chess match on Tuesday night time. Playing his first match in the preliminary round of the 10-player discipline comprising 5 present stars and equal quantity of veterans enjoying from their residence on Chess24 platform, Anand missed some good probabilities after which blundered to lose the fourth sport with black items. The match ended 2.5-1.5 Svidler’s favour.
Each match-up in the preliminary round accommodates 4 video games in which every participant has 15 minutes to end with 10 seconds added to their clock after each transfer. In case the scores are tied after 4 video games, the winner shall be determined through an Armageddon sport in which the participant with white will get 5 minutes to 4 of his opponent however is obliged to win. A win in regulation video games will get three factors, successful in Armageddon fetches two factors and loss one. Four gamers after the round-robin preliminary round will qualify for the semi-finals in the series with a complete prize fund of $1 million.
Anand had Svilder have performed quite a few times and Anand has had good times in opposition to his Russian rival however things didn’t go in his 4 this time. The first three video games of the Anand-Svidler match-up ended in attracts. Both performed protected and precisely in the primary sport in which Anand had white items. Svidler had a very good alternative to win in the second sport however Aannd defended properly and didn’t permit him to capitalize on his probabilities. After the third sport too ended in a draw, Anand obtained into a powerful place with black items in the fourth sport however simply when it seemed that he was cruising in the direction of victory, the 50-year-old Indian Grandmaster from Chennai blundered on the 35th flip and that helped Svidler flip the desk on him.
In different match-ups, World No 1 Magnus Carlsen outwitted Dutchman Anish Giri, with whom he has had a operating Twitter battle, successful the second and fourth video games for a 3-1 verdict. Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated compatriot Vladimir Kramnik in an Armageddon sport after the 2 ended 2-2 in 4 video games after buying and selling a win every and two attracts whereas Hungarian Peter Leko overcame veteran Vassily Ivanchuk in one other Armageddon after the 51-year-old Ukranian had received the fourth sport to tie their match-up 2-2. Belarusia-born Israeli Grandmaster Boris Gelfand, at 52 the oldest participant in the sector who had misplaced to Anand in the 2012 World Championships ultimate in Moscow, shocked everybody by defeating world No 3 Ding Liren of China 3-1, successful the second and fourth video games with black items.
Thus on the finish of the primary round, Carlsen, Gelfand and Svidler have been on the high with three factors every; Leko and Nepomniachtchi have two every; Kramnik and Ivanchuk have one level every whereas Anand, Giri and Liren are but to open their account.
The second round will go on until July 29 and the semi-finals shall be performed after a day’s relaxation on August 1and 2 adopted by the ultimate from August 3-5.