FIDE Swiss Chess: Anand bounces back; Second win for Adhiban

Viswanathan Anand bounced back from the opening round defeat by beating Israel's Tal Baron on Friday at the FIDE Grand Swiss tournament.

India's B. Adhiban registered his second straight win to be among the five leaders at the FIDE Grand Swiss tournament. (file photo)   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Viswanathan Anand produced a clinical performance to outplay Israel's Tal Baron in 27 moves in the second round of FIDE Grand Swiss tournament here on Friday.

After the opening day's shock loss to Evgeniy Najer, Anand was in his elements as he duly won with white pieces.

B. Adhiban registered his second straight win to be among the five leaders, including second seed Fabiano Caruana. Playing black, Adhiban defeated USA’s Jeffery Xiong.

Creditably, Raunak Sadhwani drew with Sergey Karjakin and D. Gukesh held Yuriy Kryvoruchko. Equally impressive were D. Harika and Soumya Swaminathan in proving equal to Ray Robson and Robert Hovhannisyan.

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Second-round results (involving Indians):

Viswanathan Anand (1) bt Tal Baron (Isr, 0);

Matthias Bluebaum (Ger, 1.5) drew with Vidit Gujrathi (1.5);

Jeffery Xiong (USA, 1) lost to B. Adhiban (2);

Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 1) drew with Raunak Sadhwani (1.5);

Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 1) drew with P. Hari Krishna (1);

S. L. Narayanan (1) drew with Pons Francisco Vallejo (Esp, 1);

Boris Gelfand (Isr, 1.5) bt Nihal Sarin (0.5);

Abhimanyu Puranik (0.5) lost to Anton Korobov (Ukr, 1.5);

Jonas Buhl Bjerrie (Den, 1) drew with K. Sasikiran (1);

D. Harika (1) drew with Ray Robson (USA, 1);

Yuriy Kryvoruchko (Ukr, 1) drew with D. Gukesh (1);

Surya Shekhar Ganguly (1.5) bt Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz, 0.5);

Robert Hovhannisyan (Arm, 1) drew with Soumya Swaminathan (1);

Prithu Gupta (0) lost to Sam Shankland (USA, 1);

S. P. Sethuraman (0) lost to Elina Danielian (Arm, 1).

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