Brilliant Anand Beats Hou Yifan for a Fine Finish

Attacking Middle Game and End-Game Mastery on Show at Isle of Man Tournament 

It was a fine finish for Viswanathan Anand at the elite Isle of Man tournament today as he showed endgame mastery to defeat Hou Yifan. 

The easy win took his tally to 7/9 points, just half a point behind World Champion Magnus Carlsen who drew his final round match with Hikaru Nakamura, who also ended up with a 7/9 score.

The title expectedly went to Carlsen, followed by Anand and Nakamura.

Having watched all of the nine rounds online, I can say that Anand’s win against Hou Yifan was his best in the tournament. He was fully in control throughout the game, went a pawn up early and with an attacking middle- and end-game play scored an emphatic win.

Vidit Gujarathi wound up the tournament half a point behind Anand.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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