Tata Steel Chess: Viswanathan Finishes Joint 3rd after Drawing With Vidit Gujrathi

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File Photo of Viswanathan Anand. Image Source: lasportscafe.com

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand finished at joint third place after drawing with fellow Indian Vidit Gujrathi in the 13th and final round of the Tata Steel Masters at Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Anand had three victories, a lone loss against winner Magnus Carlsen of Norway and nine draws in the tournament where he ended on 7.5 points and will add six points to his existing rating. He is now sixth in world rankings.

Magnus Carlsen as expected won the Tata Steel Masters event after drawing rather easily with Anish Giri of Holland in the final round. Carlsen ended with 9 points. This was Carlsen’s seventh victory in the super tournament. Anand has won this event five times earlier.

Vidit Gujarathi stood sixth; Anish Giri second

The second place went to Anish Giri of Holland who ended on 8.5 points. It was a three-way tie for the third place shared by Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Ding Liren of China and Vishwanathan Anand of India respectively.

Vidit Gujrathi of Nashik ended a creditable sixth place with 7 points. Gujrathi lost two games, won three and drew the remaining eight games. This result will also help him to climb back in the 2700 rating club that he had temporarily left.

On the final day, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia became the biggest casualty losing a whopping 24 rating points and for the first time in 27 years, the Russian will be out of top 15 in the world ranking.

In the final round, Kramnik lost to Samuel Shankalnd of United States after stretching a drawn endgame.

The only other decisive game of the final round was of Richard Rapport of Hungary who won against Jorden Van Foreest of Holland.

Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa ended 11th after drawing his final round game with Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan.

In the Challengers section, Vladislav Kovalev of Latvia won yet another game to assure himself a place in the masters next year.

Results masters round 13:

V Anand (Ind, 7.5) drew with Vidit Gujrathi (Ind, 7); Richard Rapport (Hun, 6.5) beat Jorden Van Foreest (Ned, 4.5); Anish Giri (Ned, 8.5) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 9); Jan Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 5.5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 7); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 5) drew with Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 5);Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 4.5) lost to Samuel Shankland (USA, 6.5); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 7.5) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 6.5).

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