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Anand, Gujrathi guide Mumbai to crucial win in Pro Chess League

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

World rapid champion and grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi helped Movers to hold on to their top position at the points tally in the Eastern Division of the Pro-league today.

Anand and Gujrathi helped defeat Volga Stormbringers with a 9-7 score to tally 5 points and stay ahead of Armenia Eagles and Dynamites by a point after the 6th round of the worlds first online league.

"We are a happy team as everything went off very well for us," said Anand, who made his debut in the league in his teams fifth round last week.

"I and Vidit were matching paces and the team was cruising smoothly with almost an unassailable lead going into the last round.

Anand and Vidit did bulk of the scoring for Movers, each scoring 3.5/4 while brought home 1.5/4 and scored 0.5/4.

Anand said: "The half point garnered by Sameer was a vital one and Rakesh too played well.

Three more rounds remain to be played in this 32 team event which is divided into four Divisions. The top four teams from each Division will advance to the next leg which will be played in a knock-out format.

The highlight of the Round was the game between Anand and rapidly rising star and child prodigy Nodirbek Abdusattorov, the second youngest GM in the World.

Against the super GM Andreikin, Anand did not press much and hardly had any difficulty in equalizing the game while fell into a trap set up by Anand.

Vidit, on the other hand, played magnificently to defeat Andreikin in another crucial match. The Nashik-based Vidit was in an aggressive mood and wasted no time in launching a major offensive on Andreikins and tilt the game in his favour.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 21:25 IST