World Rapid Chess: Anand in joint third place

Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk was in the sole second position, with seven points. India’s Vidit Gujrathi was placed 11th, with six points.

Viswanathan Anand had 6.5 points, one behind leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.   -  PTI

Former champion Viswanathan Anand moved to the joint third place at the end of the ninth round of the World rapid chess championship at Doha on Tuesday. He had 6.5 points, one behind leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.

Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk was in the sole second position, with seven points. India’s Vidit Gujrathi was placed 11th, with six points.

In the women’s event, Ukraine’s Anna Muzychuk was in the sole lead with seven points from eight rounds. India’s Dronavalli Harika was placed 16th, while Koneru Humpy was 22nd, with four points each.

The standings: 1. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) 7.5/9; 2. Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) 7; 3-9. Li Chao (Chn), Levon Aronian (Arm), Anton Korobov (Ukr), Yu Yangyi (Chn), Viswanathan Anand (Ind), Magnus Carlsen (Nor) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) 6.5.

Women: 1. Anna Muzychuk (Ukr) 7/8; 2-4. Alexander Kosteniuk (Rus), Kateryna Lagno (Rus) and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Ira) 5.5; 5-10. Lela Javakhishvili (Geo), Alina Kashlinskaya (Rus), Nana Dzanigdze (Geo), Nino Batsiashvili (Geo), Anna Ushenina (Ukr), and Valentina Gunina (Rus) 5.