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Vugar Gashimov Memorial: Viswanathan Anand to take on Sergey Karjakin in round 6

The Indian ace has played a couple of brilliant games so far in the first five rounds that has taken him to three points in all.

Vugar Gashimov Memorial: Viswanathan Anand to take on Sergey Karjakin in round 6
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Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will take on Russian Sergey Karjakin in the sixth round of Shamkir Chess tournament, also known as the Vugar Gashimov Memorial.

The Indian ace has played a couple of brilliant games so far in the first five rounds that has taken him to three points in all.

The momentum should help Anand to finish on a high as he is currently behind world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who has 3.5 points in his kitty.

Anand shares the second spot along with Karjakin while Ding Liren of China, Alexander Grischuk of Russia, David Navara of Czech Republic and local star Teimour Radjabov are closely sharing the fourth spot on 2.5 points apiece.

With four rounds still to come, Anand is well placed in the tournament but will have to probably win two more games in order to the win the tournament. 

So far the Indian defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan and Anish Giri of Holland besides losing one game against Carlsen.

Anand had a winning position against Czech Grandmaster David Navara but the game ended in a draw while against Mamedyarov he was nearly defeated before turning the tables. 

Anand also scored his first ever classical game victory against Dutchman Anish Giri. Prior to the fifth round Giri had beaten Anand twice besides 16 drawn encounters.

Magnus Carlsen is looking for his fourth title in as many appearances and so far he has been in his elements. 

Carlsen will meet Ding Liren in the next round and the Chinese is known to be a tough customer. Ding Liren is the second player from Asia after Anand to have crossed the 2800 ELO rating barrier.

Pairings round 6: Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 3) vs Vishwanathan Anand (IND, 3); Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 3.5) vs Ding Liren (CHN, 2.5); Anish Giri (NED, 1.5) vs David Navara (CZE, 2.5); Alexander Grischuk (RUS, 2.5) vs Teimour Radjabov (AZE, 2.5); Veselin Topalov (BUL, 2) vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2).