Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has stormed ahead in the third leg of the 2023 Grand Chess Tour, dominating the Rapid segment with two victories. Anand, a five-time world champion, triumphed over GMs Richard Rapport and Constantin Lupulescu of Romania after opening with a draw against the talented Alireza Firouzja. With a total of five points, Anand currently holds the top spot.
In hot pursuit, tied for second place just one point behind, are world no. 1 Magnus Carlsen, Jan-Krzystof Duda, and Rapport. Meanwhile, young Indian GM D Gukesh had a challenging start, losing to Carlsen and settling for draws against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Firouzja. Gukesh currently ranks ninth with two points.
The highly anticipated clash between Anand and long-time rival Carlsen is set for the sixth round, while Anand will also face his compatriot Gukesh in the eighth round. Following the rapid event, a blitz segment will follow.
The tournament features renowned players such as Carlsen, Anand, and Nepomniachtchi. The rapid portion employs a time control of 25+10, awarding two points for a win and one point for a draw, while the blitz portion follows a time control of 5+2, employing the standard 1, 1/2, and 0 scoring system.
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