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London Chess Classic 2016: Viswanathan Anand settles for shared third spot; confirms World Cup participation

London Chess Classic 2016: Viswanathan Anand settles for shared third spot; confirms World Cup participation

The highlights of Anand's campaign were the innovative ideas he displayed, suffered only defeat against Hikaru Nakamura in the third round. 

Viswanathan Anand: Five-time world champion survives scare against Anish Giri in London Chess Classic

Viswanathan Anand: Five-time world champion survives scare against Anish Giri in London Chess Classic

Playing white, Anand went for one of the topoical lines in the Sicilian Najdorf and found Giri in fine fettle. 

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Fabiano Caruana

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Fabiano Caruana

World champion Magnus Carlsen was not able to break through the defences of Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand loses to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand loses to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

After the seventh round and three defeats in four games, the Indian is now struggling with just 2.5 points.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand loses to Alexander Grischuk, slips to ninth spot

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand loses to Alexander Grischuk, slips to ninth spot

After drawing the first three rounds, this was Anand's third decisive result in a row and second where the Indian ace ended on the receiving end.

Viswanathan Anand back in business after crushing Veselin Topalov in London

Viswanathan Anand back in business after crushing Veselin Topalov in London

Anand staged his customary comeback in style, giving an endgame lesson to Topalov.

Anand loses to Nakamura in London Chess Classic

Anand loses to Nakamura in London Chess Classic

With five rounds still to come, Anand slipped to ninth spot in the ten-player round-robin event​.

Viswanathan Anand opens doors of Chennai home to flood-affected residents

Viswanathan Anand opens doors of Chennai home to flood-affected residents

Anand is also expected to make a monetary contribution to help in the relief operations.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand misses his chances before surviving against Magnus Carlsen

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand misses his chances before surviving against Magnus Carlsen

In the other game, local wildcard entrant Michael Adams remained impregnable and held Levon Aronian of Armenia to an easy draw.

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Levon Aronian

London Chess Classic: Viswanathan Anand draws with Levon Aronian

  • This is his second draw in as many games, and has one point out of a possible two.
  • He has four white games remaining out of the last seven rounds.
  • He will meet reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the third round.

Viswanathan Anand draws with Michael Adams in London Classic Chess opener

Viswanathan Anand draws with Michael Adams in London Classic Chess opener

The day produced as many as four draws out of five games and only Dutchman Anish Giri was lucky enough to have scored a full point.