Things haven’t really worked in favour for the Chess wizard Vishwanathan Anand last few months and 2015 has proved no different. Yet.
Anand lost to English Grandmaster Michael Adams in the seventh and final round of the Grenke Chess Classic taking place in Baden-Baden, Germany. The 2013 winner retained his seventh position after earlier defeating David Baramidze of Germany in the sixth and penultimate round of the eight member round-robin tournament; the lone win for the Indian ace.
The loss not only slumped him to the second-last standing in his first Classical tournament of the year but also meant a plunge of 15 rating points for Anand. The former World Chess champion is currently ranked 9th in the world rankings.
Any other game, Anand would have held on to a draw but this particular one saw the champion disappoint himself with a lapse of concentration in the 84th move. Anand lost the match in the next five moves.
Vishwanathan Anand initially lost two straight matches to current World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian of Armenia while drew with the trio of Aronian, Bacrot and Adams. A win against Adams earlier in the day would have meant a 50% score, whilst the lost meant Anand finishing with a dismal 2.5 points.
Nemesis Magnus Carlsen won a long-drawn tiebreak against Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany adding to his kitty another championship.