Anand draws with Svidler; Karjakin new challenger

Moscow, PTI | Updated : 29 March 2016, 01:57 PM

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand ended his stint with a draw against Peter Svidler of Russia, while another Russian Sergey Karjakin emerged the new challenger for the next World Championship match after the conclusion of the Candidates chess tournament here.

On what turned out to be an easy day as black, Anand did not have to worry too much and a comfortable draw in the end ensured that the Indian tied for the second spot and finished third in the event.

Karjakin defeated Fabiano Caruana of United States to end on 8.5 points out of a possible 14 to win the Candidates solely by a full point margin.

It was a high-tension final round wherein Caruana, needing a victory with black, took his chances but a brilliant rook sacrifice by Karjakin sealed the victory.

In the next World Championship match, scheduled in United States in November this year, Karjakin will get his first attempt at the mega event against Carlsen, who had incidentally predicted Karjakin among favourites to win the title here.

In the other games of the final round, Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri maintained his all-draw record and signed peace with Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria while Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura also played out a draw.

With Karjakin at the helm, Caruana and Anand scored 7.5 points apiece. Giri, Nakamura, Aronian and Svidler tied for the fourth spot on seven points each while Topalov ended a forgettable event on 4.5 points.

Karjakin had qualified for the Candidates, winning the world cup and ended here with four victories, one loss and eight draws in all.

Anand had the maximum number of decisive games, winning four, losing three and drawing the remaining seven.

“Bit of a roller-coaster, I had some very good moments.

In the end, third is still a good result but I feel I spoiled some chances, it could have easily been a dream tournament,” Anand reflected on his performance here.

First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 01:45 PM

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