Viswanathan Anand suffers his second defeat in Croatia Grand Chess Tour


Mamedyarov ends Anand’s seven game draw streak in 45 moves in the only game that produced a result in round nine.

Viswanathan Anand lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the ninth round to bring to an end a seven game draw streak. Anand, who happened to lose the game in 45 moves was apparently the only game that produced a result in this round.

All the other five games in this round ended in a stalemate. Norway’s Magnus Carlsen currently leads the pack with seven points. Wesley So of USA is behind him with 6.5 points.

Round nine results:

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 4.5) bt Viswanathan Anand (3.5).

Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 7) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm, 5.5).

Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 5.5) drew with Wesley So (USA, 6.5).

Caruana Fabiano (USA, 5.5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 5).

Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 4.5) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 4.5).

Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 3.5) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 4.5).

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