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10th Norway Chess 2022 Blitz: Anand beats Carlsen for the first time in almost five years

by Shahid Ahmed - 31/05/2022

Vishy Anand beat Magnus Carlsen in a back and forth exciting battle at 10th Norway Chess 2022 Blitz. Although the world champion ran out of time, the position was completely lost too. The last time Anand beat Carlsen in any format was in World Rapid 2017 which Anand won. Wesley So won the Blitz event with a score of 6.5/9. He finished a full point ahead of the field. World no.1 secured sole second position 5.5/9. Three players shared third place scoring 5/9. They are - Anish Giri, Vishy Anand and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Reigning World Blitz champion had a rough start. He suffered five consecutive losses before winning the remaining four. The Blitz event was to determine the seeding for the Main event, the Classical tournament. Round 1 starts today from 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Amruta Mokal

Wesley So wins the Blitz event convincingly

Wesley So started the day with a loss against Hao Wang. Then he drew the next two games against Anand and Mamedyarov. After that he registered five consecutive wins including a win against Carlsen who played 1.a4 in the sixth round. He drew in the final round game against Giri, to win the Blitz event. He opted for the number one seed in the main event which starts today.

Vishy Anand continues his good form from Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022 as he beat the world champion, Magnus Carlsen | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Wesley won the 10th Norway Chess 2022 Blitz event | Photo: Norway Chess

Round 1: Anand - Tari: 1-0

Vishy Anand (2758) started the day with a win over Aryan Tari (NOR, 2567).

Round 3: Anand - Topalov: 1-0

After a draw with Wesley So in the second round, Anand defeated Veselin Topalov (BUL, 2667) in the third.

Position after 39...Kf4

39...Kf4 allowed White to have a beautiful finish 40.g6! fxg6 41.hxg6 and Black resigned.

Anand beat Topalov for the first time in over five years | Photo: Norway Chess

Round 7: Anand - Carlsen: 1-0

Anand had a very interesting game against Carlsen.

Position after 17...Ncxe4

Carlsen decided to exchange two of his knights for Anand's rook and two pawns. Practically it was a good idea. The world no.1 got a winning opportunity too but he missed it, played some inaccurate moves and eventually arrived at a lost position. Finally he ran out of time and the position was beyond salvageable.

Vishy Anand beats Magnus Carlsen for the first time in almost 5 years! | Video: ChessBase India

Final moments of Anand's win over Carlsen

Replay the Live Commentary of Blitz Round 1-9 by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Photo Gallery

Reigning World Blitz champion, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started with five consecutive losses then he won the next four | Photo: Norway Chess

Teimour Radjabov scored 3/9 | Photo: Norway Chess

Players in action | Photo: Norway Chess

The tournament hall at Finansparken, Stavanger, Norway | Photo: Norway Chess

10th Norway Chess 2022 participants | Photo: Norway Chess

Magnus Carlsen with the organizers | Photo: Norway Chess

Handshakes are once again back thanks to Covid-19 being in the decline | Photo: Norway Chess

Peter Heine Nielsen - Magnus Carlsen's Head Coach and statistically the most successful chess coach | Photo: Norway Chess

Topalov having a light moment with So and MVL | Photo: Norway Chess

Replay Blitz Round 1-9 games

Standings after Blitz Round 9

Wesley So finished a full point ahead of the competition | Photo: chess24


Blitz Round 1 starts on 30th May 2022. Round 1 starts at 6 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. IST). 

Classical games will be played from 31st May to 10th June 2022. Everyday game starts at 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). 4th June is a rest day.

10th Norway Chess 2022 schedule | Photo: Norway Chess


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