Viswanathan Anand makes a slow start at world blitz chess championship

Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 12:27 IST | PTI | Riyadh

Newly-crowned World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand won two and drew four in the first six rounds to make a slow start to his campaign at the world blitz chess championship

Newly-crowned World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand won two and drew four in the first six rounds to make a slow start to his campaign at the world blitz chess championship here yesterday. With absolutely no time to relax after a brilliant show that saw him clinch the World Rapid Championship, Anand was a bit tentative at the start of the world blitz that is played with just three minutes to each player with a two second increment after every move is made.

Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand

As a result, it was a draw with Jhao Jun of China in the opening round and then Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus proved no match for the Indian in the second round.

Two more draws with Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine and Nigel Short of England ensued before Anand won fluently against Ivan Salgedo Lopez of Spain.

The game against Lopez was just an indication of Anand’s superior form as he held a winning position in just 11 moves with
black pieces.

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