KOLKATA: Legendary Viswanathan Anand stepped it up in effective fashion to accept the inaugural Tata Steel Chess India Blitz Tournament beating overnight chief Hikaru Nakamura within the play-off on Wednesday.
Placed fourth after the precious leg on Tuesday, the Forty eight-one year-extinct had a dream lunge on the most effective day to right six wins and three attracts within the 9 rounds to design level with the area No 3 American Nakamura to force a play-off.
In the two-round play-off, which modified into as soon as sooner than blitz in a diminished time layout of a 3-minute game, Anand obtained with white pieces, before drawing with murky to seal the negate of affairs 1.5-0.5.
“I desired to show hide the audience what’s that I attain in another parts of the area the overall time and it modified into as soon as effective in order to attain it right here,” Anand, who played in Kolkata for the precious time after the third Goodricke Open in 1992, stated.
“It modified into as soon as pleasant the most magical day for me… Here, I didn’t non-public any negate of affairs with motivation. It truly supposed plenty to me to attain successfully right here,” Anand added.
The legend modified into as soon as moreover playing his first rivals in India after being dethroned within the 2013 World Championship by Magnus Carlsen at his put of dwelling of start.
“Or no longer it’s long been a dream of mine. And we now non-public ticked the different boxes, we now non-public upright opens, we now non-public stable players. But the one thing that modified into as soon as lacking modified into as soon as frequent visits by the high players within the area. Now we now non-public that. So it supposed plenty to me in order to play right here in India and specifically right here in Kolkata,” Anand who played his first GM tournament right here in 1986 stated.
In the blitz class, the 5-time World Champion of classical chess had closing obtained a bronze medal at the World Championship in December 2017 Riyadh, the identical meet where he had moreover obtained the short title.
The American of Eastern descent had a forgettable day time out on the most effective leg where he managed to accept Four and drew Four and suffered a defeat to Pentala Harikrishna within the eleventh round.
India’s youngest Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa did a effective favour to Anand within the closing round when he held Nakamura within the most effective round.
Taking part in with whites in opposition to the Thirteen-one year-extinct Nakamura modified into as soon as on the verge of a hit however the wildcard entrant Praggnanandhaa potentially displayed the precise defensive game of his lifestyles to manage a miraculous design that compelled a playoff in opposition to Anand.
In the play-off, Anand, who is world ranked 11 in blitz, modified into as soon as at his supreme a hit the precious in an Italian game.
Namamura took some risks initially put, however Anand displayed a solid game with a one up pawn. They had a rook and pawn endgame where Anand sealed the negate of affairs with an amazing inform.
Down 0-1, Nakamura played with a future strategy within the second game thinking Anand would spoil down making an are attempting to defend.
But Anand modified into as soon as at his aggressive supreme and went in for an all-out attack to position Nakamura within the backfoot.
Now not at as soon as, the game modified into as soon as compelled in opposite square bishop endgame where Nakamura modified into as soon as compelled to concede a design and hand the title to Anand.
Nakamura gave Anand the precise compliment when he stated there’s no causes why the Forty eight-one year-extinct must easy end playing.
“To me what Vishy has performed… I am nearly obvious I would possibly perchance perchance well no longer be playing chess at that age. So it’s truly outstanding and I believe specifically while you compare (him) in opposition to Gary (Kasparov) as an instance. Gary more or much less came out of retirement to play in St Lucia.
“And I believe Vishy did better than he did. It pleasant shows what a truly amazing chess participant he’s,” Nakamura stated.