Gashimov Memorial: Anand finishes last

Viswanathan Anand bagged nine points after seven rounds of rapid (involving two mini-matches) and 14 rounds of blitz.

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand could manage only one win against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the sixth round of the Rapid section.   -  The Hindu

Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand managed only two wins to finish last in the seventh Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament on Thursday. His sole win on the second day of the blitz event came against Czech Republic's David Navara in a 70-move marathon in round 10.

He finished last with nine points after seven rounds of rapid (involving two mini-matches) and 14 rounds of blitz.

The former world champion, who lost two games on the first day of the blitz -- to Fabiano Caruana (USA) and Richard Rapport (Hungary) -- suffered only one defeat on Thursday. He went down to Caruana yet again.

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Anand drew his games against Rauf Memedov (Azerbaijan), Rapport, Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) and Vugar Asadli (Azerbaijan).

Caruana and Rapport finished equal on 24 points following which the American won the Armageddon to take the top spot.

Earlier in the rapid section, Anand could manage only one win against Mamedyarov in the sixth round.

The tournament this year was played in the rapid and blitz format.

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