Anand Back to Winning Ways

Five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand was back to winning ways yesterday by taking the title, beating Nakamura, at the Tata Steel Chess blitz event, flinging aside the disappointing show at the rapid event.

On his way to the blitz title, Anand took in his scalp all the other fellow countrymen, including a revenge win against SS Ganguly.

Playing 18 rounds in a day can be exhausting even for the most mentally agile, but Anand is a solid blitz player, having finished third in the world blitz championship last December. He is also the reigning world rapid chess champion, having won that title in December 2017 – which is why the fiasco earlier this week in Kolkata was a surprise.

Anand incidentally had beaten world champion Carlsen before taking home the world rapid title then.

Blitz standings

Congratulations, Anand!

G Joslin Vethakumar

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