World Chess Rapid, Day 2: Anand defeats Carlsen

The King Salman World Rapid Championship continued today at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event. Five more rounds were played in both Open and Women’s sections.

The five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand had a good day at the office. He successfully dismantled his nemesis Magnus Carlsen with black pieces.

Anand employed Rubinstein variation of Nimzo Indian defence. In the middlegame, he gave a powerful rook sacrifice which enabled his light-squared Bishop to have complete control over White’s Kingside. Anand exchange-sacrificed his second rook to deliver a final blow. In a Damiano’s bishop mate pattern, a classic method of checkmating, the threat was too powerful for the Norwegian. The reigning World Champion resigned on 34.

After the game. [Photo: R. Anantharam]
Anand is in joint-second position on the leaderboard. Russia’s GM Vladimir Fedoseev is the sole leader with 8.0/10 points.

In the Women’s section, GM Dronavalli Harika is closely behind the leaders on 7.0/10 points. She defeated reigning World Junior Girls Champion Abdumalik Zhansaya of Kazakstan in round 7.

The overnight leader in the Women’s section, Ju Wenjun of China is singling out on the top of the standings with 8.0/10 points.

 

Pairings: Open

Round 11 on 2017/12/28

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 69 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2654 7 7 GM Carlsen Magnus *) 2908 1
2 37 GM Mamedov Rauf 2695 7 8 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2771 8
3 18 GM Svidler Peter 2743 GM Anand Viswanathan 2758 12
4 9 GM Wang Hao 2770 7 GM Safarli Eltaj 2694 39
5 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2814 7 GM Yu Yangyi 2752 14
6 7 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2780 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2662 63
7 11 GM Korobov Anton 2765 GM Quparadze Giga 2614 85
8 17 GM Rapport Richard 2748 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2654 68
9 38 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2694 GM Ding Liren 2734 20
10 25 GM Petrosian Tigran L. 2715 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2610 87

Pairings: Women’s Championship

Round 11 on 2017/12/28

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 4 GM Ju Wenjun 2537 8 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2508 5
2 10 GM Danielian Elina 2473 7 GM Harika Dronavalli 2466 12
3 2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2586 7 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2460 13
4 17 GM Lei Tingjie 2450 7 7 IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen 2390 36
5 15 WGM Huang Qian 2453 7 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2467 11
6 38 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2389 IM Guo Qi 2451 16
7 20 GM Sebag Marie 2445 WGM Fataliyeva Ulviyya 2085 92
8 68 IM Charochkina Daria 2307 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2439 23
9 24 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2425 IM Zimina Olga 2376 45
10 9 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2480 6 WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim 2171 88

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