Vishwanathan Anand finishes second in Croatia Grand Chess Tour

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Former world champion Viswanathan Anand completed second in the Croatia Grand Chess Tour right here on Sunday with a formidable efficiency, accentuated by his two victories over long-time rival Garry Kasparov.

Anand, who had overwhelmed Kasparov on the primary day of the Blitz on Saturday, got here up with an excellent efficiency once more to defeat the Russian legend in the thirteenth spherical on Sunday.

Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (22 factors) sealed the title with a spherical to spare, because of a victory over a misfiring Kasparov in the seventeenth spherical.

Indian ace Anand took a fast draw in his 18th spherical recreation in opposition to Alexander Grischuk to complete with 21 factors and a transparent second forward of the top-seed Ian Nepomniachtchi.

In the penultimate spherical, he drew in opposition to Shakriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan. He would obtain USD 25,000 as prize cash for his second-place end.

Playing with black items, Anand received the higher of the legendary Russian in 25 strikes in a Nimzo-Indian defence recreation.

The victory got here for the Indian maestro after three straight attracts in rounds 10, 11 and 12 in opposition to Anish Giri (the Netherlands), Jan-Kryzstof Duda (Poland) and Vachier-Lagrave respectively.

He adopted it up with an excellent win over Russian Nepomniachtchi, the top-seed in the 14th spherical.

Continuing the nice run, Anand then defeated Anton Korobov (Ukraine) and Jordan Van Foreest (the Netherlands) and shared honours with Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan).

On the primary day of the Blitz on Saturday, the Indian ace had recorded 4 wins, drawn three matches and suffered two defeats.

The former world champion had ended up seventh after the Rapid part, with 9 factors. He had posted two wins and drawn 5 and misplaced two matches.

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