Top Indian chess player GM Viswanathan Anand went through a tough outing on the first day of the World Rapid Chess. The Indian did succeed in turning the tables with his stellar play on the second and third day. However, he did not succeed in making it to a podium finish at the tournament.
On the other hand, Magnus Carlsen managed to successfully defend his rapid chess title.
Magnus Carlsen retains World Rapid Chess title
The Norwegian played some of his best chess during the three day event. He accumulated a total of eight wins and seven draws with a total of 11.5 points.
In the final press conference Carlsen said: “It is important not to let the results affect you too much and you shouldn’t be afraid of draws when you play in a tournament of 15 rounds.”, and added, “There were many games which could have gone either way for me, but I always had a little more time and a little bit of control of position.”
Vidit Santosh Gujarathi: A Revelation
Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand failed to live up to his reputation at the recently World Rapid Chess finishing 23rd overall with 9.5 points out of a possible 15. Two points behind leader Magnus Carlsen.
Indian youngster Vidit Santosh Gujarathi became a revelation at the tournament. He secured nine points and finished just a spot behind the veteran Viswanathan Anand. Vidit gained 105 rapid rating points with his performances in the competition.
Other Indians B Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikaran, SP Sethuraman and SS Ganguly had a decent tournament too.
Next target: World Blitz Championship
Anand and co would look to improve in the final leg of the five day event. The Blitz championship will be played over 21 rounds.