Isle of Man: Second win for Anand; Adhiban holds Wesley So

Anand defeated M. Shyam Sundar while Kramnik drubbed Austria’s Valentin Dragnev for their second wins.

The day saw some of the top-10 players, including former World champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik post convincing victories. (File Picture)   -  AP

Vidit Gujarathi ended the unbeaten run of young compatriot R. Praggnanandhaa and Abhijeet Gupta upstaged Vietnam’s Le

Quang Liem to move into the joint-third spot after four rounds of the Isle of Man International chess tournament here on Tuesday.

China’s Wang Hao and Azerbaijan’s Arkadij Naiditsch shared the lead with four points. Eight among the top-nine seeds are tied for the 10th place.

The day also saw some of the top-10 players, including former World champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik post convincing victories. Anand defeated M. Shyam Sundar while Kramnik drubbed Austria’s Valentin Dragnev for their second wins.

In the fifth round, Anand and Kramnik have opted for a half-point bye. Abhijeet will play white against Vidit while Nihal Sarin meets B. Adhiban.

Notably, among the Indians, Adhiban drew with Wesley So, Vishnu Prasanna held seasoned British player Michael Adams and C. R. G. Krishna scored over Israel’s Tamir Nabaty.

Important fourth-round results, involving Indians:

B. Adhiban (3) drew with Wesley So (USA, 3); Radolslaw Wojtaszek (Pol, 3.5) bt Vaibhav Suri (3); Le Quang Liem (Vie, 2.5) lost to Abhijeet Gupta (3.5); Vidit Gujarati (3.5) bt R. Praggnanandhaa (2.5); Anish Giri (Ned, 3) bt Debashis Das (2); Viswanathan Anand (3) bt M. Shyam Sundar (2); Vishnu

Prasanna (2.5) drew with Michael Adams (Eng, 2.5); Harsha Bharathakoti (2) lost to David Howell (Eng, 3); Pouria Darini (Iri, 2) lost to S. P. Sethuraman (3); Aryan Tari (Nor, 2.5) drew with Raunak Sadhwani (2.5); Eesha Karavade (2.5) drew with Daniel Fridman (Ger, 2.5); C. R. G. Krishna (2.5) bt Tamir Nabaty (Isr, 1.5).