10th Norway Chess 2022 R2: So beats Carlsen again, Anand reenters World top 10
Vishy Anand scored his second consecutive Classical victory at 10th Norway Chess 2022. The win over his former rival, Veselin Topalov, earned him enough rating points to reenter the World top 10 rankings. His live rating is now 2760.7 which makes his current rank no.9. This victory also gave him a sole lead 6/6. In a battle of the reigning world champions, Wesley So defeated Magnus Carlsen for the second time in three days. The Classical game ended in a draw. So won the must-win Armageddon with white pieces against the world no.1. Round 3 starts today from 5 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess
Anand gains sole lead
The only victory in the Classical game of Round 2 was scored by Anand. Although he won on time, this is Anand's first victory in a Classical game against Topalov in almost 5.5 years. Three out of the four Armageddon were won by White. Only Anish Giri drew his completely winning Armageddon against Hao because he was playing with black pieces which means a draw was enough for him to win the game and match.
So - Carlsen: 1.5-1
The Classical game between Wesley So (2775) and Magnus Carlsen (2864) ended in a draw. So relied on his trusty Italian in the Armageddon.
In the final moments of the endgame, the world no.1 blundered 42...Qc5. Thus, leaving his king vulnerable. So blocked the queen's control on the fifth rank 43.e5 Ra8 44.Qg5+ Kh7 45.Kh2 Rg8 46.Qh4+ Kg7 47.Nf5+ Bxf5 48.Qf6+ Kh7 49.Qxf5+ Kg7 50.Qf6+ and Black resigned.
Topalov - Anand: 0-3
In a battle of former World Champions, Veselin Topalov (BUL, 2730) ran out of time against Vishy Anand (2751) in a relatively equal endgame.
Veselin Topalov at the Confessional booth said some nice things about Wesley So
Replay Round 2 games
Standings after Round 2
Round 3 pairings
Blitz Round 1 starts on 30th May 2022. 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 and 8th June are the rest days.