Croatia Grand Chess Tour: Viswanathan Anand defeats Anton Korobov in fifth round

Croatia Grand Chess Tour: Viswanathan Anand defeats Anton Korobov in fifth round: Former world champion Viswanathan Anand scored an impressive fifth-round win over Anton Korobov of Ukraine in the rapid competition of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour tournament here on Thursday.

He had drawn his fourth-round game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) in 70 moves in an Alekhine variation game.

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The 51-year old Indian maestro, who is playing his first over-the-board event in more than a year, quelled the challenge of Korobov in the fifth round which saw the other four games end in stalemate.

Croatia Grand Chess Tour: Viswanathan Anand defeats Anton Korobov in fifth round

He had on Wednesday started with a fluent win over Dutch Grandmaster Jorden van Foreest before faltering against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the second round.
He drew his third round match against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

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Russian GM Nepomniachtchi, who will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World champion title later this year, continued to lead the table after five rounds following a win over countryman Alexander Grischuk and a draw against Poland player Jan-Krzystof Duda.

Croatia Grand Chess Tour: Viswanathan Anand defeats Anton Korobov in fifth round

The tournament will see the 10 elite Grandmasters compete over nine rounds of rapid chess (to be played from July 7 to 9) and 18 rounds of blitz chess (to be played on July 10 and 11) for a total prize fund of USD 150,000.

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