Chi­nese Yangyi halts Anand’s win­ning run in sixth round

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Sta­vanger: Viswanatha­n Anand’s win­ning run of three matches came to an end as the In­dian ace let go of a de­cent chance to lose to Yu Yangyi of China in the tiebreak game in the sixth round of Alti­box Nor­way chess tour­na­ment here.

Anand did not get much in the Clas­si­cal game played ear­lier in the day. Yu Yangyi’s open­ing prepa­ra­tion has been pretty good and Anand also could not re­ally dent his Petroff de­fense.

The play­ers had to fight out the Ar­maged­don game soon after a draw was agreed and Anand de­vi­ated as early as in the sec­ond move when he went for the Bishop’s open­ing.

Yangyi went for the main line but his po­si­tion de­te­ri­o­rated in the mid­dle game as Anand clearly had more knowl­edge.

The Chi­nese parted with a pawn in or­der to get some play on the king side and it was here that Anand missed a tac­ti­cal nu­ance.

Yangyi won an ex­change and it was all over in 48 moves.

It was a day of un­usual blun­ders in the tour­na­ment.

Amer­i­can Wes­ley So al­lowed a check­mate in one, Ding Liren of China dropped a whole rook and Rus­sian Alexander Grischuk just left his

Bishop in front of his op­po­nent’s Bishop.

The big gainer was yet again Mag­nus Carlsen of Nor­way. The World Cham­pion does not seem to have had enough as yet.

Carlsen looked on the verge of his first de­feat against Ding Liren in a pawn

less rook and op­po­site coloured Bish­ops endgame but the lat­ter sim­ply blun­dered a rook in checks to rue his chances.

Carlsen on 9.5 points stayed 1.5 points ahead of Yangyi, who is now on 8, and Levon Aro­nian of Ar­me­nia is sole third on 7.5 points.


V Anand lost in the sixth round of Nor­way chess tour­ney

Do­minic Thiem

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