Anand Blunders and then Resigns too Soon

Anand did not appear focused today in India’s Round 4 match against Fabiano Caruana of the U.S., losing in just 26 moves.

He was looking here and there, eyes often straying away from the board, even when it was his turn to move in what looked like a false sense of confidence.

I thought he surrendered too soon, a rash and premature resignation not acceptable from a team leader. He was positionally weak, not materially, and could have soldiered on to save the game. Without a fighting spirit, he let India down.

Anand perhaps was embarrassed to continue after his position had weakened following a blunder.

The other three boards ended in draws, making the U .S. the winner.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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