Indian ace Viswanathan Anand struggled for the third consecutive spherical, shedding to Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik to languish on the backside of the factors desk in the USD 150,000 Legends of Chess online match.
Anand went down 0.5-2.5 to Kramnik late on Thursday.
The former world champion, who had misplaced in the primary two rounds to Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen respectively, couldn’t flip things round.
Anand misplaced the opening sport regardless of some good play as his Russian opponent fought back strongly.
A defeat in the second put the Indian No.1 on the back-foot and a draw in the third ended his hopes.
The Chennai-based Anand is making his maiden look on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.
World No.1 Carlsen shares the highest spot with Svidler, with three victories and 9 match factors.
Meanwhile, world No.3 Ding Liren continued to wrestle as he misplaced after main 1.5-0.5 to Ukraine veteran Vasyl Ivanchuk.
Anand and Liren lie on the backside of the desk, and not using a win in opposition to their title.
The Indian meets Anish Giri (the Netherlands) in the fourth spherical later tonight.
All the round-robin video games are best-of-four sport contests.
Legends of Chess is an event the place Carlsen, Liren, Nepomniachtchi and Giri, semifinalists on the Chessable Masters (half of the Magnus Carlsen Tour), obtained an automated invite.
They are up in opposition to six legends aged 40-52, who’ve been on the high of world chess at numerous factors in their profession.
The match is an element of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The winner of this event will qualify for the $300,000 Grand Final scheduled from August 9 to 20.
Results: Round 3: Vladimir Kramnik beat Viswanathan Anand 2.5-1.5; Vasyl Ivanchuk beat Ding Liren 2.5-1.5; Ian Nepominiachtchi beat Anish Giri 2.5-1.5; Magnus Carlsen beat Peter Leko 2.5-1.5; Peter Svidler beat Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5.