Having spent greater than 1 / 4 of a century on the earth’s top-10 rankings since 1991, Viswanathan Anand regained his place within the elite bracket with a second-round victory over former World champion Veselin Topalov within the Norway chess match at Stavanger on Thursday.
Anand’s triumph got here in an equal place after Topalov was declared “misplaced on time” following his thirty seventh transfer. The time-control on this occasion is 2 hours per participant for all of the strikes with a 10-second increment per transfer after the fortieth transfer.
The second straight victory, value three factors, raised Anand’s tally to 6 and noticed him lead the 10-player subject. This outcome additionally stretched Anand’s unbeaten run in opposition to the Bulgarian since their 2010 World championship conflict.
Considerably, the achieve of 9.70 ranking factors from two victories in as many days lifted Anand six locations to be ninth in reside rankings, at 2760.70. Subsequent, Anand performs sixth-placed Wang Hao.
All different video games have been drawn and went to the Armageddon play. Amongst them, Wesly So beating Magnus Carlsen added to the thrill.
Second spherical: V. Topalov (Bul, 1/6.5) misplaced to Viswanathan Anand (6/6); Wesley So (4.5/6.5) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2.5/7) (Armageddon: So bt Carlsen); Wang Hao (Chn, 2/7) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 3/7); (Armageddon: Wang drew with Anish; Giri declared winner); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1.5/6.5) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2.5/7) (Armageddon): Vachier bt Mamedyarov); Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 1.5/6.5) drew with Aryan Tari (Nor, 2/7; (Armageddon: Radjabov bt Tari).