Norway chess 2022: Anand posts second straight win, re-enters World top-10

The 52-year-old Anand trumped his opponent in 36 moves in the battle of the veterans to make it two out of two after the second round late on Wednesday.

Viswanathan Anand now leads with six points.

Having spent more than a quarter of a century in the world’s top-10 rankings since 1991, Viswanathan Anand regained his place in the elite bracket with a second-round victory over former World champion Veselin Topalov in the Norway chess tournament at Stavanger on Thursday.

Anand’s triumph came in an equal position after Topalov was declared “lost on time” following his 37th move. The time-control in this event is two hours per player for all the moves with a 10-second increment per move after the 40th move.

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The second straight victory, worth three points, raised Anand’s tally to six and saw him lead the 10-player field. This result also stretched Anand's unbeaten run against the Bulgarian since their 2010 World championship clash.

Significantly, the gain of 9.70 rating points from two victories in as many days lifted Anand six places to be ninth in live ratings, at 2760.70. Next, Anand plays sixth-placed Wang Hao.

All other games were drawn and went to the Armageddon play. Among them, Wesly So beating Magnus Carlsen added to the excitement.

The results:

Second round: V. Topalov (Bul, 1/6.5) lost to Viswanathan Anand (6/6); Wesley So (4.5/6.5) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2.5/7) (Armageddon: So bt Carlsen); Wang Hao (Chn, 2/7) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 3/7); (Armageddon: Wang drew with Anish; Giri declared winner); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1.5/6.5) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2.5/7) (Armageddon): Vachier bt Mamedyarov); Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 1.5/6.5) drew with Aryan Tari (Nor, 2/7; (Armageddon: Radjabov bt Tari).

 

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