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Grand Chess Tour: Viswanathan Anand Accepts Tied 7th in Blitz Event, Gukesh D Places Fifth

<p>In the third phase of the 2023 SuperUnited Rapid and Blitz Chess Tournament, young Indian Grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh came in fifth while his legendary colleague Viswanathan Anand could only achieve a joint seventh position.</p>
<p>Fabiano Caruana (USA) and Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), two of the best players, were defeated by Gukesh on the second day, giving him 6.5 points overall. Gukesh had a mediocre showing on day 1 of the Blitz phase.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-66965″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-grand-chess-tour-viswanathan-anand-accepts-tied-7th-in-blitz-event-gukesh-d-places-fifth-download-2023-07-10t171726.529.jpg” alt=”” width=”1403″ height=”925″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-grand-chess-tour-viswanathan-anand-accepts-tied-7th-in-blitz-event-gukesh-d-places-fifth-download-2023-07-10t171726.529.jpg 276w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-grand-chess-tour-viswanathan-anand-accepts-tied-7th-in-blitz-event-gukesh-d-places-fifth-download-2023-07-10t171726.529-150×99.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1403px) 100vw, 1403px” /></p>
<p>On Sunday’s blitz round, Gukesh defeated five-time world champion Anand in 34 moves, defeating him for the first game ever in tournament play.</p>
<p>The 17-year-old Indian superstar upset the highly regarded Caruana before winning the first match of the second day of the Blitz division against Richard Rapport (Romania).</p>
<p>Gukesh defeated Anand after losing to world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen (Norway).</p>
<p>After losing against Alireza Firouzja, Constantin Lupulescu (Romania), Duda, and Ivan Saric (Croatia) all won three matches in a row.</p>
<p>With a draw versus Ian Nepomniachtchi with a total of 19.5 points (Rapid + Blitz), he finished the competition.</p>
<p>Anand, who had a strong start to the tournament in the Rapid division, had to deal with a bad stretch during which he only managed to score three points on the first day of the Blitz and then 3.5 points on the second. The seasoned Indian scored 16.5 points in the end.</p>
<p>With a score of 26 out of a possible 36 points and winning the top prize of USD 40,000, world No. 1 Carlsen completed an outstanding blitz performance.</p>
<p>Nepomniachtchi (22.5) came in second, followed by Caruana (21.5) in third and Firouzja (21) in fourth.</p>
<p>The run of Carlsen, who won all nine of his games in Blitz on Saturday, was broken in the first round of the day when he failed to win a somewhat stronger endgame versus Caruana.</p>
<p>The Norwegian drew with Duda next, then defeated Gukesh, Saric, Anand, and Nepomniachtchi in a row to win the event. Nine quick rounds and 18 blitz rounds were played throughout the competition.</p>
<p>The Grand Chess Tour is a calendar of international competitions that draws the top players in the world.</p>
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