Anand loses to Hao,finishes tied fourth

Sergey Karjakin,who was in the lead right through the course of Norway Chess 2013,went on to win the title after a last round draw with Veselin Topalov.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 19, 2013 2:42:23 am

Sergey Karjakin,who was in the lead right through the course of Norway Chess 2013,went on to win the title after a last round draw with Veselin Topalov. Forced to play for a win to have any shot at the top spot,Viswanathan Anand collapsed to a loss against Wang Hao in round nine,finishing joint fourth.

Anand started Saturday level on points with Carlsen,and both the World Champion and the challenger trailed Karjakin by half a point behind Karjakin. In the penultimate round against the tournament’s whipping boy Ludvig Hammer,Anand had gotten away with the win in a game of wildly fluctuating fortunes. On Saturday though,Anand was made to pay for his adventurous play. In the black side of an English opening,Anand had attained pairity fairly early. Having the option to trade queens and simplify the game,which in all probablity would have resulted in a draw,Anand went on the offensive instead.

He captured the pawn on a2 with his bishop and the engines suggested that white was better after the move,the position on the board was open,with both sides having their chances. It was Anand’s 16th move that landed him in serious trouble.

Though the Indian had a bishop,knight and queen in white’s territory,the attack was not overwhelming. Wang Hao weathered the storm and when the offense petered out,was left with a significant material advantage. Wang Hao had a queen for Anand’s bishop pair and two pawns,but considering how the Indian’s pieces were ill-cordinated,he was the favourite.

Wang Hao,who had defeated Carlsen in the previous round,added the scalp of the World Champion,closing out the win before the time control. It was an atypical last couple of rounds for Anand,and it could be argued that tiredness and the tournament situation had a role to play in it. After being in the running for the title at the end of the eighth round,Anand finished tied fourth.

Carlsen settled for the draw against Aronian while Nakamura inflicted Hammer’s seventh loss in nine rounds to move to join second. Karjakin had his chances for the win against Veselin Topalov,but settled for the draw that gave him the title.

final round results:

Levon Aronian drew with Magnus Carlsen,Wang Hao bt Viswanathan Anand,Ludvig Hammer lost to Hikaru Nakamura,Teimour Radjabov drew with Peter Svidler,Sergey Karjakin drew with Veselin Topalov.

final Standings:

1. Sergey Karjakin (6 pts),2-3. Magnus Carlsen,Hikaru Nakamura (5.5),4-6. Peter Svidler,Levon Aronian,Viswanathan Anand (5),7. Wang Hao (4.5),8. Veselin Topalov (4),9. Teimour Radjabov (3),10. Ludvig Hammer (1.5)

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