Anand back to winning ways, dumps Gawain Jones

Viswanathan Anand returned to winning ways by beating England’s Gawain Jones in 40 moves after Shakhriyar Mamedyarov joined Anish Giri in the lead following the 10th round of the Tata Steel chess tournament on Wednesday.

With three rounds to go after Thursday’s rest day, Anand moved to the fifth spot six points.   -  AFP

Viswanathan Anand returned to winning ways by beating England’s Gawain Jones in 40 moves after Shakhriyar Mamedyarov joined Anish Giri in the lead following the 10th round of the Tata Steel chess tournament here on Wednesday.

With three rounds to go after Thursday’s rest day, Anand moved to the fifth spot six points. Anish Giri and Mamedyarov head the table at seven points, followed by a victorious Vladimir Kramnik, on 6.5 points. Carlsen is likely to take the fifth spot at six points.

B. Adhiban was engaged in an interesting battle with Hou Yifan.

In the challenger section, Vidit Gujrathi and Anton Korobov stayed in the lead at seven points after being involved in drawn encounters. In the battle featuring two ladies, D. Harika and Russian Olga Girya were moving towards sharing the point.

Tenth round results (Indians unless stated)

Masters: Gawain Jones (Eng, 4) lost to Viswanathan Anand (6); Anish Giri (7) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 5.5); Peter Svidler (Rus, 4.5) lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 7); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 6.5) bt Maxim Matlakov (Rus, 4); Wei Yi (Chn, 4) drew with Fabiano Caruana (USA, 3.5).

Challengers: Jeffery Xiong (USA, 5) drew with Vidit Gujrathi (7); Anton Korobov (Ukr, 7) drew with Erwin L’Ami (Ned, 4.5); Matthias Bluebaum (Ger, 5.5) bt Lucas van Foreest (Ned, 4); Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 5.5) drew with Bassem Amin (Egy, 5.5); Benjamin Bok (4.5) v Dmitry Gordievsky (Rus, 5.5).