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Anand tied fourth after first day of rapid chess

Press Trust of India  |  St Louis (US) 

Five times world champion had a mixed opening day with a win, a loss and a draw in the rapid and blitz event that got underway here.

Starting off with a brilliant victory over of United States, Anand missed the thread against of in the second round and then settled for a draw with of to end the day on three points out of a possible six.

With two points for a victory in the rapid section being the award here, Fabiano Caruana of became a runaway leader on six points winning all his three games.

On the receiving end were of Russia, Levon Aronian of and of Azerbaijan, who all found the going tough against the American who will play the next match against Magnus Carlsen later this year.

With Caruana in front on six points, Karjakin and Vachier-Lagrave follow him on four points apiece. Anand shares the fourth spot currently on three points along with Mamedyarov and Nakamura while Aronian, Grischuk and of With six rounds still to come, Grand tour current leader is placed last with just one point.

Anand had a brilliant start to his campaign and although it did not last the day, there were many positives. Nakamura is one of the few players who have good score against Anand in Classical but when it came to the faster version Anand clearly dictated the terms.

The closed led to a complex middle game with a volatile pawn structure where Anand was in control and Nakamura erred by allowing a fine exchange sacrifice that ripped apart his king's position. The was precise to pick up a few pawns and reached a rook and pawns endgame quickly to force resignation.

Interestingly, all Anand's games had the same opening. Playing black against Vachier, Anand obtained the level position without much and on another he would have saved the half point easily. As it happened a blunder caused the big damage.

The third game against Karjakin did not yield Anand much as white and the pieces changed hands at regular intervals. The peace was signed in a mere 29 moves.

Standings after round 3 rapid: 1. Fabiano Caruana (Usa, 6); 2-3. (Fra), (Rus) 4 each; 4-6. (Aze), V Anand (Ind), (Usa) 3 each; 6-9. Levon Aronian (Arm), (Cub), (Rus) 2 each. 10. (Usa, 1).

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 18:30 IST