Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand suffered his 7th defeat with 0.5-2.5 loss to World No.3 Ding Liren in the eighth round. After halting his six matches losing streak in the match against Israel’s Boris Gelfand, Anand surrendered in the first game in just 22 moves on Tuesday.
Ding Liren defeats Viswanathan Anand
The duo alleviated for a 47 move draw in the second while Liren clinched the triumph in the third game with black pieces in 41 moves. Anand stands last in the table with six points with Liren and Peter Leko.
The 50-year-old Indian will glimpse with Vasyl Ivanchuk in the ninth and final round. After the four-game content, World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen triumphed to Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi, ended at 2-all. The Armageddon (a tie-break) also finished off in a stalemate but the Norwegian won and picked up three points because he played black.
The Norwegian player placed at the top spot with 22 points followed by Nepomniachtchi (19) and Anish Giri (15). However, Carlsen so far won all the matches he has played. Giri defeated with 2-3 to veteran Ivanchuk but qualify for the last four.
The event is a part of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and the winner of this tournament will qualify for the USD 3,00,000 Grand Final planned from August 9 to 20.
Results of Round 8:
• Ding Liren (China) beat Viswanathan Anand (India) 2.5-0.5
• Magnus Carlsen (Norway) beat Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) 2.5-2.5 (Carlsen won after drawing Armageddon with black)
• Peter Svidler (Russia) beat Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 2.5-1.5
• Vasyl Ivanchuk (Russia) beat Anish Giri (the Netherlands) 3-2
• Boris Gelfand (Israel) beat Peter Leko (Hungary) 3-2.