World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand put up a vintage performance against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France at the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. The win saw him jump to joint lead on 3.5 points after the end of the seventh round of the tournament. The open Spanish world to Anand’s favour as he not only ended up surprising his opponent but also trounced his double ended continuation which has always been one of Anand’s favourite tactics to play against.
The Indian ace was in the mood on the day as he showed the world why he is still one of the biggest name in the world of chess in round 7 of the famous competition. He out thought and out played his competitor in a show of strength and class from the maestro.
“The board was set on fire by Anand’s sacrificial exchange which Lagrave was unable to calculate. A queen exchange sealed Lagrave’s fate as he was unable to come-back from that master class by Anand to slump to an eventual check-mate.
Champion Viswanathan Anand spoke on how the game worked in his favour from the first move itself.”Then suddenly here I had the sensation, what am I playing for? And I was already playing for an advantage. It went too quickly for me to adjust,”.”Just like the game took a sudden turn, suddenly I find myself in the lead. It’s kind of random, so I haven’t given it too much thought,” he said.
Champion Viswanathan Anand shares the lead with world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Wesley So of United States. Anand next plays with Caruana as white in round 8. Carlsen meanwhile plays with Mamedyarov. A defeat for Carlsen with a win for Anand could well put Anand in the driver’s seat as winner of the tournament.
Results round 7: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 2/6) lost to V Anand (Ind, 3.5/6); Levon Aronian (Arm, 3.5/7) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 3/6); ShakhriyarMamedyarov (Aze, 3/7) drew with Wesley So (USA, 3.5/6); Fabiano Caruana (USA, 3/6) drew with Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 3/6).