Viswanathan Anand wins the inaugural Tata Steel Chess India Blitz tournament

Viswanathan Anand wins the inaugural Tata Steel Chess India Blitz tournament

India’s Viswanathan Anand won the inaugural edition of the Tata Steel Chess blitz tournament in Kolkata, beating Hikaru Nakamura on Wednesday.

The two players were tied after 18 rounds, but five-time world champion Anand triumphed 1.5-0.5 in the Blitz playoffs.

In the two-round play-off, which was faster than blitz in a reduced time format of a three-minute game, Anand won with white pieces, before drawing with black to seal the issue 1.5-0.5.

“To win this tournament, and to win it at home, is amazing,” said Anand.

Harikrishna receiving the second prize for the rapid.

Nakamura had fate in his own hands in the final round, after Anand had drawn his game with Levon Aronian. All he had to do was beating the tail-ender, Praggnanandhaa R. However, India’s Praggnanandhaa did a huge favour to Anand in the last round when he held Nakamura in the final round. The 13-year-old probably displayed the best defensive game of his life to manage a miraculous draw that forced a playoff against Anand.

Round 18:

Surya Shekhar Ganguly – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 0-1
Wesley So – Sergey Karjakin ½-½
Levon Aronian – Viswanathan Anand ½-½
Pentala Harikrishna – Santosh Gujrathi Vidit 0-1
Hikaru Nakamura – Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu ½-½

Tiebreak:

Viswanathan Anand – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0
Hikaru Nakamura – Viswanathan Anand ½-½

Final Ranking after round 18:

Rank Name Points Rating
1  Anand, Viswanathan 12½ 2786
2  Nakamura, Hikaru 12½ 2893
3  Aronian, Levon 12 2854
4  So, Wesley 10 2771
5  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 8 2808
6  Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 8 2727
7  Harikrishna, Pentala 8 2706
8  Karjakin, Sergey 2836
9  Ganguly, Surya Shekhar 6 2547
10  Praggnanandhaa R 2366

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