Online Nations Chess: Anand wins but Russia keeps India 2-2
CHENNAI: former world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday he recorded his first victory in the ongoing FIDE-Chess.com online Nations Cup, beating Russia Ian Nepomniachtchi in just 17 moves in a fifth round match that ended in a 2-2 draw.
In its second game of the day, India went down to the USA. 1.5-2.5 in the sixth round with B Adhiban Wesley's loss is decisive.
Anand, Vidit Gujrathi and Koneru Humpy drew their games against Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana and Irina Krush respectively.
Anand underlined his class by bringing out the best of Nepomniachtchi in just 17 moves to set the tone for India in the draw against Russia.
However, after Adhiban and D Harika he tied his games against Sergey Karjakin and Olga Girya respectively, Vladislav Artemiev He saved a draw for Russia with an excellent victory over P Harikrishna.
In other games in the fifth round, China defeated the United States 2.5-1.5 while Europe defeated the Rest of the World by a similar margin.
In the sixth round, China continued to dominate by defeating the Rest of the World 3.5-0.5 to maintain its position at the top with 11 match points and 16.5 score points.
India is fifth in the table with 2 match points and 10 score points.
India suffered a double whammy, losing their matches against Europe and China with a similar margin of 1.5-2.5 in the third and fourth round, respectively, on Wednesday.
The event follows the double round-robin format, with the two leading teams fighting for the title in the Super-final.
All matches involve four boards, represented by three men and one player. Quick time control is 25 minutes plus an increase of 10 seconds per movement.