Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand capped his impressive run with another victory over Chinese Grand Master Hou Yifan in the ninth and final round to sign off joint second at the Isle Of Man Chess Championship on Sunday. Anand took 53 moves to overpower Yifan and finish with 7 points. He shared the second spot with America’s Nakamura Hikaru.
World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the title with 7.5 points after a short draw against Hikaru. Vidit Gujrathi and Swapnil Dhopade also impressed, finishing at the joint third position with 6.5 points after playing out draws against Hungarian Rapport Richard and Ukraine’s Eljanov Pavel respectively.
Among other Indians, Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan took the joint 13th spot at six points after signing truce with Vallejo Pons Francisco while SP Sethuraman drew with compatriot Swayams Mishra to finish at 5 points at the 48th place. Harika Dronavalli and B Adhiban ended the tournament with wins over Degtiarev Evgeny and Batsiashvili Nino respectively. 12-year-old R Praggnanandhaa also ended his campaign with a victory over Balint Vilmos.
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