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WATCH: Viswanathan Anand beats Anish Giri in Norway Chess; engages in banter

The former chess world champion, Viswanathan Anand, continued his rich vein of form as he held the Anish Giri to a draw in an Armageddon to win his tie against the Dutch Grandmaster.

Viswanathan Anand has broken into the Worlds Top 10 chess rankings again (Source: Chessbase India)

Viswanathan Anand has broken into the World's Top 10 chess rankings again (Source: Chessbase India)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 7 Jun 2022 7:17 AM GMT

Indian maestro Viswanathan Anand won his sixth-round contest against Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the Classical section of the Norway Chess tournament in an Armageddon tiebreak.

The classical match between Anand, playing black, and Giri saw the two players shaking hands for a draw after 35 moves in an English Variation game.

In the ensuing Armageddon (sudden death tie-break), the duo battled for 45 moves before it ended in a draw. As per Armageddon rules, the player playing black is deemed to have won the game if it ends in a draw, giving Anand the win in the tie.

Giri, who took the loss sportingly, soon tweeted that he was too old for the quick paced Armageddon.

The 52-year old Indian superstar, who had shocked Carlsen in the previous round, takes on Teimour Radjabov in round eight.

Barring the Carlsen-Mamedyarov clash, all the other matches ended in draws in the round. The Norwegian world No.1 defeated his Azerbaijan opponent in 56 moves.
In other matches on the day, France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat China's Hao Wang via the sudden death tie-break while Wesley So (USA) got the better of Norwegian Aryan Tari. Veselin Topalov drew with Radjabov in the Armageddon to share honours.
In the ongoing Norway Chess tournament, the players take part in an Armageddon (sudden death) in case of a draw in the classical game.

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