Anand finishes runner-up in Grand Chess Tour

In the battle between the legends who have 11 World titles between them, Viswanathan Anand defeated Garry Kasparov in the Croatia Grand Chess Tour at Zagreb.

After scoring his second win against former World champion Garry Kasparov, who is having a horrendous tournament, Anand defeated top seed Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Neither age nor lack of tournament play could stop Viswanathan Anand from finishing runner-up at the Croatia Grand Chess Tour at Zagreb on Sunday.

Playing his first event in 16 months, the 51-year-old came up with a superb display against his much younger rivals to claim the second place in a strong field.

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He scored 21 points  --  from the rapid and blitz sections combined -- two behind the champion Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.On the final day, Anand played some fine chess, as he scored four wins in a row.

One of those was against his old rival Garry Kasparov, whom he had beaten on Saturday too. It turned out to be a horrible tournament for the 58-year-old Russian,  who has rarely made an appearance before a chessboard after retiring in 2005.

Anand drew his first three games of the day, with Giri, Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland and Vachier-Lagrave before he ran into Kasparov, who has rarely made an appearance before a chessboard after retiring in 2005.

The standings


1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) 23 points;

2. Viswanathan Anand 21;

3. Anish Giri (Ned) 20.5;

4-5. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) and Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol) 20;

6. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) 19;

7. Alexander Grischuk (Rus) 18;

8. Anton Korobov (Ukr) 15.5;

9. Garry Kasparov (Rus)/Ivan Saric (Cro) 12.5;

10. Jorden Van Foreest (Ned) 10.5.

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