Tata Steel Chess: Carlsen trumps Anand; Anish replaces Nepomniachtchi in the lead

Magnus Carlsen claimed a stunning victory in 76 moves against Viswanathan Anand in the 10th-round of the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament at Leiden, on Wednesday.

Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. (file photo)   -  AP

Magnus Carlsen continued his dominance over Viswanathan Anand, turning a likely draw to a stunning win in 76 moves in the 10th-round of the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament at Leiden, on Wednesday.

In this Ruy Lopez game, where Anand was playing black, Carlsen had a knight three pawns to the Indians knight and two pawns after 66 moves. Unwilling to settle for a draw, Carlsen kept at it to break Anand's resolve.

With three rounds to go after Thursday’s rest day, Anand and Carlsen could well be in the company of Anish Giri, who replaced Ian Nepomniachtchi in the lead at 6.5 points.

The change of venue for a day saw Nepomniachtchi, the other overnight leader, suffer his first defeat against lowly-placed Jorden van Foreest in 60 moves. Later, Giri defeated Vladimir Fedoseev for his fourth win to share the lead.

Earlier, Vidit Gujarati scored the biggest victory of his career by stunning Vladimir Kramnik in just 29 moves in their Nimzo-Indian game.

In the challengers section, R. Praggnanandhaa (4) looked set to upstage the leader Maksim Chigaev but a late blunder cost him the game in 51 moves.

10th round results

Magnus Carlsen bt Viswanathan Anand, Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 4) bt Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 6); Vidit Gujarati (5) bt Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2.5); Vladimir Fedoseev (4.5) lost to Anish Giri(Ned, 6.5); Ding Liren (6) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 4); Samuel Shankland (USA, 4.5) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 5); Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 4.5) lost to Richard Rapport (Hun, 4.5).