Tata Steel Masters Chess: Caruana escapes to victory over Anand

Viswanathan Anand suffered a painful loss after letting world number two Fabiano Caruana off the hook in the eighth round of the Tata Steels Masters Chess.

File photo: Viswanathan Anand twice missed clearly winning advantage by failing to find the moves of optimum strength and blundered away the game.   -  PTI

Viswanathan Anand let world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana off the hook and then suffered a painful loss in the eighth round of Tata Steel Masters chess tournament here on Sunday.

In this Queen’s Gambit Declined game, Anand gained sizeable advantage with black pieces after Caruana blundered in time-pressure by opting for the exchange of queens. Thereafter, Anand twice missed clearly winning advantage by failing to find the moves of optimum strength and blundered away the game. This escape to victory saw Caruana join Alireza Firouzja in the lead at 5.5 points.

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Going into Monday's day of rest, Magnus Carlsen ended a seven-game
draw sequence with a win over Russia’s Nikita Vitiugov. Anand, with three points, is in the 10th spot in the 14-player field.

In the Challengers category, Surya Shekhar Ganguly (5) continued to share the second spot with five points following a drawn encounter with Dutch rival Erwin L’Ami in 49 moves.

Nihal Sarin (4), however, lost his second game after facing David
Anton Guijarro in 65 moves.

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