Candidates Tournament: Viswanathan Anand Back In Business

After a string of disappointing performances throughout 2015, the former World Champion Viswanathan Anand has found some of his old form at pretty much the right time. The Madras Tiger shocked Veselin Topalov in the opening round of the Candidates taking a full point. Anand has since played Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana, both ended in a draw. This puts the Indian on top of the table sharing the lead with 2015 Chess World Cup winner Sergey Karjakin.

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand vs Fabiano Caruana

Viswanathan Anand continues to play safe

With a dream start to the 2016 Candidates Tournament for Anand, he is now relaxed and can play safe keeping his position just slightly ahead of his colleagues. After all, a half point lead over other players will do the job at the end of the tournament. And Anand loaded with the experience and maturity in the sport knows this better than any of the other candidates.

Anand was very fortunate in the opening game against the Bulgarian, as Topalov faltered giving the Indian an extra material. From that point onwards, the former World Champion completely controlled the game. At the point of calling it a draw Anand was at a pawn disadvantage, but the odd coloured bishops were certain to rule out a decisive result.

In the final game before the break, Anand played with white pieces against Fabiano Caruana. The Indian had a slight advantage which was soon taken away by the American’s counter-play, a series of exchanges followed before agreeing to a draw.

Picture Courtesy: World Chess

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