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Norway Chess: Anand bags another win over world champion Carlsen; leads standings

Viswanathan Anand beats world champion Magnus Carlsen in a thrilling armageddon in round five of Norway Chess to remain in top position.

Norway Chess: Viswanathan Anand bags another win over world champion Magnus Carlsen; leads standings snt
Norway, First Published Jun 6, 2022, 11:13 AM IST

Indian Grand Master Viswanathan Anand returned to winning ways, upstaging world No.1 Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the Classical section early on Monday in the Norway Chess tournament to climb to the top spot. 

After defeating the Norwegian superstar in the Blitz event that preceded the Classical section, Anand claimed the victory in a thrilling Armageddon (sudden death game) after the regular match ended in a 40-move draw. 

In the Armageddon, the 52-year old Anand recreated the magic of old when he stunned Carlsen to post a win in 50 moves. With 10 points in his kitty, the Indian GM leads the field with four more rounds to go in the prestigious tournament, which features some of the best players in the sport. 

Anand had started the Classical section with three straight wins, beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Hao Wang (China) before American Wesley So ended his streak in the fourth round. Carlsen lies in the second spot with 9.5 points despite losing his long-time rival. So, who won the Blitz section earlier, shares third place with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) on 8.5 points. 

In the fifth round, So went down to Mamedyarov via Armageddon. In the fifth round, there were wins for Anish Giri (the Netherlands) and Norway's Aryan Tari over Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Hao Wang. 

In the other match, Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the sudden death game against veteran Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) to improve his score to 7 points. 

In the ongoing Norway Chess tournament, the players participate in Armageddon (sudden death) in case of a draw in the classical game.

(With inputs from PTI)

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