Former world champion, Viswanathan Anand’s tryst with draws seemed to continue at the Bilbao Masters. The defending champion is yet to register a victory after two rounds in the tournament. Anand played his first round with Netherlands Anish Giri and met Liren Ding in the second round, with both encounters ending in a draw. American Grandmaster Wesley So continues to lead the points table with 1.5 points.
Anand is top ranked player at the Bilbao Masters
GM Viswanathan Anand is the top ranked player at this year’s tournament. This adds a certain pressure on the Indian who has been suffering from lack of form in the recent past. He has failed to make it to the podium since the Sinquefield Open.
Anand played his first game in Bilbao against Anish Giri and the game ended a draw through repetition of moves. The game between the youngster and the veteran did not seem to leave any loopholes for either to capitalize upon. In such a situation the draw seems like an ideal result for both competitors.
Against Liren Ding in the second round Anand played with white pieces. The game between the two GMs took quick turns and the Indian managed to achieve a pawn advantage in the 23rd move. But the advantage did not prove too helpful for the world champion as Ding found a repetition and the game ended in a draw in the 34th move. This draw against the world champion helped Ding open his scoring after a first round defeat to Wesley So.
First Round: Anand vs Giri (1/2-1/2), So vs Ding (1-0)
Second Round: Anand vs Ding (1/2-1/2), Giri vs So (1/2-1/2)