FIDE Swiss Chess: Anand loses; Vidit, Adhiban make winning start

Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock loss to Evgeniy Najer, while Vidit Gujarathi and Raunak Sadhwani made winning starts at the FIDE Grand Swiss tournament.

Viswanathan Anand suffered a defeat within 30 moves against Russia's Evgeniy Najer.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Viswanathan Anand missed a possible draw and suffered a shock defeat in 30 moves against Russian Evgeniy Najer in first round of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament here on Thursday.

The classy field, headed by World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, features 15 Indians, including P. Hari Krishna and Vidit Gujrathi.

The victorious Indians included Vidit, B. Adhiban and Raunak Sadhwani. Indian teenagers made a splash when D. Gukesh held Hungarian veteran Peter Leko and Nihal Sarin proved equal to Armenian Gabriel Sargissian.

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First-round results (involving Indians):

Evgeniy Najer (Rus) bt Viswanathan Anand;

P. Hari Krishna drew with Evgeny Alekseev (Rus);

Vidit Gujrathi bt S. P. Sethuraman;

Nils Grandelius (Swe) drew with S. L. Narayanan;

Nihal Sarin drew with Gabriel Sargissian (Arm);

K. Sasikiran drew with Abhimanyu Puranik;

D. Gukesh drew with Peter Leko (Hun);

Ferenc Berkes (Hun) drew with D. Harika;

Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus) bt Prithu Gupta;

Raunak Sadhwani bt Sanan Sjugirov (Rus); 

Lei Tingjie (Chn) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly;

Soumya Swaminathan drew with Kacper Piorun (Pol);

B. Adhiban bt Wu Li (Eng).