World rapid chess: Anand in joint-third place

Former champion Viswanathan Anand moved to the joint-third place at the end of the seventh round of the World rapid chess championship in Doha. Top-seed and World champion Magnus Carlsen was languishing in the 21st place with 4.5 points.

Viswanathan Anand has 5.5 points, half-a-point behind the leaders.   -  PTI

Former champion Viswanathan Anand moved to the joint-third place at the end of the seventh round of the World rapid chess championship in Doha on Tuesday. He had 5.5 points, half-a-point behind the leaders Levon Aronian of Armenia and Anton Korobov of Ukraine.

Top-seed and World champion Magnus Carlsen was languishing in the 21st place with 4.5 points.

In the women’s event, Ukraine’s Anna Muzychuk was in the sole lead with five points from six rounds. India’s Dronavalli Harika was placed 19th, while Koneru Humpy was 21st, with three points each.

Men: 1-2. Levon Aronian (Arm) and Anton Korobov (Ukr) 6/7; 3-6. Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr), Alexander Grischuk (Rus), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) and Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 5.5; 7-11. Levan Pantsulaia (Geo), Yu Yangyi (Chn), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) and Vladimir Akopian (Arm) 5.

Women: 1. Anna Muzychuk (Ukr) 5/6; 2-3. Alexander Kosteniuk (Rus) and Kateryna Lagno (Rus) 4.5; 3-10. Lela Javakhishvili (Geo), Alina Kashlinskaya (Rus), Inna Gaponenko (Ukr), Nana Dzanigdze (Geo), Anna Ushenina (Ukr), Nino Batsiashvili (Geo) and Valentina Gunina (Rus) 6.