Viswanathan Anand won streak in the classical event has come to an end, leaving him tied for the first position with Magnus Carlsen.
After losing in the fourth round of the Norway Chess Tournament to American Wesley So. The winning performance of Viswanathan Anand in the ‘Classical’ category came to an end.
On Saturday, Indian veteran Viswanathan Anand won streak in the ‘Classical’ category came to an end after losing to American Wesley So in the fourth round of the Norway Chess competition. The 52-year-old former world champion is tied for the top with Magnus Carlsen on 8.5 points. After 28 moves, Viswanathan Anand and So’s typical Classical game ended in a draw. In 46 moves, the American used the Armageddon (sudden death) game to overcome the Indian GM.
The Indian ace overcame France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Bulgaria’s Vaselin Topalov, and China’s Wang Hao in the first three rounds.
Meanwhile, Carlsen defeated Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the Classical game, winning three points and moving into a tie for first place with Viswanathan Anand.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan upset Wang Hao in round four, while Teimour Radjavov and the experienced Topalov defeated Vachier-Lagrave and Aryan Tari (Norway) in the Armageddon, respectively.
If the classical game in the ongoing Norway Chess tournament ends in a draw, the players compete in Armageddon (sudden death).
So, before the Blitz event, he had won the Classical event.