The country’s other top players such as Tania Sachdev and Vidit Gujarati also felt the same.
Victory again eluded five-time World Champion Anand as he played out his sixth draw after splitting points with American Wesley So.
The game took a complicated turn in the middle game when Carlsen sacrificed a pawn to open up the position on both flanks and it was up to Anand to fight for an advantage thereon.
Viswanathan Anand will now combat the world’s best including Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the Sinquefield cup slated to start after a day’s gap.
Viswanathan Anand had another below-par day with a couple of draws and a defeat, finishing ninth spot in the rapid section.
Viswanathan Anand had a mixed opening day with a win, a loss and a draw in the St. Louis rapid and blitz chess event.
Viswanathan Anand has won five world championship titles, and has consistently remained India’s highest ranked player throughout the three decades.
Indian chess has grown consistently in the last three decades, believes five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, who expressed optimism that the country’s progress would be reflected in the Chess Olympiad.
Playing out his his third successive decisive game, Viswanathan Anand got the better of Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the final round to end joint second in the Altibox Norway chess tournament on Friday.
Viswanathan Anand came up with an inspired performance to outplay Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and jump to joint lead on 3.5 points after the end of the seventh round of Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Norway.
Viswanathan Anand’s hunt for an elusive win continued as he was held to yet another draw by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the sixth round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Norway.
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway to stay in contention for top honours.
Viswanathan Anand played out his fourth draw on the trot, signing peace with Wesley So of United States in the fourth round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament.
Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by rising Chinese star Ding Liren in the third round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Norway.
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw against American Hikaru Nakamura in the second round of Altibox Norway Chess tournament.