Anand wins bronze in World Blitz championship

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen ensured the gold was his after defeating Anton Korobov of Ukraine in the penultimate round and finished with 16 points.

File photo of Viswanathan Anand. The Indian won gold earlier this week at Riyadh.   -  AFP

Viswanathan Anand won the bronze medal in the World blitz chess championship at Riyadh on Saturday to add to the gold he won in the rapid category a couple of days ago.

He defeated Maxim Vachier-Lagrave of France in the final round to take his tally to 14.5 points from 21 rounds. Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the title with a round to spare. The World No. 1 from Norway ensured the gold was his after defeating Anton Korobov of Ukraine in the penultimate round and finished with 16 points.

The silver went to Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, with 14.5 points, the same as Anand but he had a superior tie-breaker score.

As for the other Indians, Vidit Gujrathi finished 22nd, Pendyala Harikrishna 25th, B. Adhiban 55th, and S.P. Sethuraman 83rd, and Surya Shekhar Ganguly 85th.

The women’s title was won by Nana Dzanigdze of Georgia, who drew with Elina Danielian of Armenia in the final round and finished with 16.5 points.

Russian Valentina Gunina (16) finished second while China’s Ju Wenjun (14) was third. India’s best performer was Padmini Rout, who was placed 21st, while Dronavalli Harika finished 36th. Eesha Karvade was placed 74th and S. Vjiayalakshmi 76th.