Carlsen wins Belgian Chess Tour, Anand finishes fourth

World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour at Leuven, Belgium, on Monday. In the 10-player event that featured rapid and blitz games, the World No. 1 scored 23 points.

Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carslen fighting it out in Belgium on the Grand Chess Tour.   -  Special arrangement

World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour at Leuven, Belgium, on Monday. In the 10-player event that featured rapid and blitz games, the World No. 1 scored 23 points.

Wesly So of the United States finished runner-up with 20.5 points. Armenia’s Levon Aronian was third with 20 points, while Viswanathan Anand, the five-time World champion, finished fourth with 19.5 points.

Two more events remain on the tour, featuring the world’s top players. The first event, at Paris, was won by American Hikaru Nakamura, who, however, could finish only seventh in Belgium.

Carlsen is leading the tour with 23 Grand Tour points, but he is out of contention for the top prize; he has opted out of the rest of the tour.

Nakamura is in the second spot, with 17 points, followed by So (17), Aronian (14) and Vachier-Lagrave (13). Anand is in the ninth place with seven points.

The standings (at Leuven): 1. Magnus Carlsen (Nor) 23; 2. Wesly So (US) 20.5; 3. Levon Aronian (Arm) 20; 4. Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 19.5; 5. Fabiano Caruana (US) 17.5; 6. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) 17; 7. Hikaru Nakamura (US) 16.5; 8-9. Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) 16 & Anish Giri (Ned) 16; 10. Veselin Topalov (Bul) 14.