Viswanathan Anand crashes to 3rd straight defeat in Legends of Chess tourney

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Indian ace Viswanathan Anand struggled for the third consecutive round, dropping to Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik to languish on the backside of the factors desk within the USD 150,000 Legends of Chess on-line event.

Anand went down 0.5-2.5 to Kramnik late on Thursday.

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The former world champion, who had misplaced within the first two rounds to Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen respectively, couldn’t flip issues round.

Anand misplaced the opening game regardless of some sensible play as his Russian opponent fought back strongly.

A defeat within the second put the Indian No.1 on the back-foot and a draw within 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 towards their title.

The Indian meets Anish Giri (the Netherlands) within the fourth round later tonight.

All the round-robin games are best-of-four game contests.

Legends of Chess is an occasion the place Carlsen, Liren, Nepomniachtchi and Giri, semifinalists on the Chessable Masters (a part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour), acquired an computerized invite.

They are up towards six legends aged 40-52, who’ve been on the high of world chess at numerous factors of their career.

The event is a part of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The winner of this occasion 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.

[Attribution HT.]

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