Anand survives a scare against Anish Giri at London Chess Classic


LONDON: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand survived a scare before eventually holding his position together to escape with a draw against Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri in the sixth round of London Chess Classic here.

Trying to invade early into Giri’s position, Anand found that the former was adequately prepared and while it was an extremely wild game the chances were only for Giri in complexities.

Wesley So of United States cemented his position at the top of the table by handing Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria his fifth defeat in the tournament. The Filipino turned American Grandmaster took his tally to an enviable 4.5 points out of a possible six and now remains a half point clear of compatriot Fabiano Caruana.

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