Anand signs off joint 2nd at Isle of Man Chess

Anand took 53 moves to overpower Yifan to finish with seven points. He shared the second spot with America’s Nakamura Hikaru.

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand signed off joint second at the Isle Of Man Chess Championship. (File Image)   -  ANAND CARUANA

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand capped his impressive run with another victory over Chinese grandmaster Hou Yifan in the ninth and final round to sign off joint second at the Isle Of Man Chess Championship here.

Anand took 53 moves to overpower Yifan to finish with seven points. He shared the second spot with America’s Nakamura Hikaru.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the title with 7.5 points after a short draw against Nakamura to pocket a cheque of 50,000 pounds.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Swapnil S Dhopade finished at the joint third position at 6.5 points after playing out draws against Hungarian Rapport Richard and Ukraine’s Eljanov Pavel respectively.

Among other Indians, Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan ended at the joint 13th spot at six points after signing truce with Vallejo Pons Francisco. SP Sethuraman drew with compatriot Swayams Mishra to finish at 5 points at the 48th place.

Harika Dronavalli and Adhiban B signed off with wins over Degtiarev Evgeny and Batsiashvili Nino respectively. Young prodigy R Praggnanandhaa also ended his campaign with a victory over Balint Vilmos.

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