Viswanathan Anand loses to Ivanchuk, ends disastrous Legends campaign after Eight defeats

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Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand’s signed off second from backside after his disappointing campaign on the Legends of Chess on-line match ended with a loss to long-time rival Vasyl Ivanchuk within the ninth and finishing round.

It was Anand’s eighth loss within the USD 150,000 match. The 50-year-old led to ninth place behind GM Peter Leko who completed last.

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After all of the 4 games led to attracts, the Anand-Ivanchuk contest went into the Armageddon (a tie-breaker), which additionally led to a stalemate.The Ukrainian emerged victorious as he performed black within the decider late on Wednesday.

Anand began the match with a 57-move draw and the tie progressed in the same vein with the players choosing quiet attracts.

The Armageddon game was a 59-move affair earlier than the previous world champion signed peace with Ivanchuk.

The 50-year previous Indian completed ninth within the standings with 7 match factors and a solitary win (over Boris Gelfand) on his debut within the Magnus Carlsen Tour.

In different matches, world No.1 Magnus Carlsen beat Vladimir Kramnik 3-1 to complete with an all-win record after 9 matches within the preliminary stage.

The Norwegian will now play Russia’s Peter Svidler within the semi-finals, whereas Anish Giri (Hungary) takes on Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) in a repeat of their Chessable Masters semi-final.

Legends of Chess is an occasion during which Carlsen, Liren, Nepomniachtchi and Giri, semifinalists on the Chessable Masters (a part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour), obtained an automated invite and are up in opposition to six legends aged 40-52, who’ve been on the high of world chess at varied factors of their career.

The match is a part of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The winner of this occasion qualifies for the USD 300,000 Grand Final scheduled from August 9 to 20.

Results of Round 9:Vasyl Ivanchuk (Ukraine) beat Viswanathan Anand (India) 2.5-2.5 (Ivanchuk wins by taking part in black after Armageddon is drawn); Magnus Carlsen (Norway) beat Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 3-1; Boris Gelfand (Israel) beat Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) 3-2; Anish Giri (The Netherlands) beat Peter Svidler (Russia) 2.5-1.5; Ding Liren (China) beat Peter Leko (Hungary) 2.5-1.5.

Final standings: 1. Carlsen 25 match factors, 2. Nepomniachtchi 20, 3. Giri 18, 4. Svidler 14, 5. Ivanchuk 13, 6. Kramnik 12, 7. Gelfand 11, 8. Liren 7, 9. Anand 7, 10. Leko 6.

[Attribution HT.]

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