LONDON: Five-time Planet Champion Viswanathan Anand endured a defeat at the hands of Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the fourth spherical of London Chess Basic right here nowadays.
Not finding it easy to play against Nakamura as soon as again, this was Anand’s sixth decline in opposition to the American in Classical chess and the Indian ace will now have to do a whole lot of difficult work to capture up in the last five rounds.
Anand’s decline was Nakamura’s acquire as he moved to the leader’s pack subsequent one more draw-marred working day that made just one particular decisive game. Out of the twenty game titles played so much in the Traditional, only a few have finished decisively.
Anish Giri of Holland, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and Nakamura share the top spot on 2.5 points every single around the 50 percent way mark in this USD 30000 prize money tournament. With five rounds nonetheless to come, Anand slipped to ninth spot in the ten-participant round-robin event but is only a entire position guiding the top pack.
Anand misplaced out of a Catalan opening with black pieces. Nakamura attained a slight benefit out of the opening and Anand’s pawn sacrifice did not yield desired compensation despite the fact that his position remained playable for a lengthy time.
Once Anand’s queen acquired trapped on the edge of the board, the Indian could only exchange it but the ensuing endgame was merely considerably worse. The game lasted forty two moves.
Talking about the sport and his victories against Anand, Nakamura explained, “I will not think my style is that considerably diverse from Vishy’s but I seem to find a way against him.”
Planet champion Magnus Carlsen’s hunt for an elusive victory ongoing well into the fourth round as the Norwegian was held to a attract by Michael Adams of England. Carlsen pushed for a extended time with white items out of a Reti opening but Adams put up rigid resistance regardless of becoming an exchange down.
Bulgarian Veselin Topalov skipped out on an chance for his initial victory when he enable Fabiano Caruana of United States off the hook. Topalov fell to a psychological ploy in a plainly outstanding place in the center sport.
Benefits spherical 4: Hikaru Nakamura (United states, 2.5) conquer V Anand (Ind, one.five) Magnus Carlson (Nor, 2) drew with Michael Adams (Eng, 2) Anish Giri (Ned, two.5) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm, 2) Alexander Grischuk (Rus, two) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, two.5) Veselin Topalov (Bul, 1) drew with Fabiano Caruana (United states, 2).