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Vishy Anand is not going to give this one up easily!

by Sagar Shah - 29/07/2019

Vishy Anand did the hard riding on day one and put himself in lead with 5.0/6. Now on day two it was important to keep drafting ahead and not to burn out. This is exactly what happened. Anand drew all his three games and kept himself in the race for the title with a score of 8.0/12. He now trails MVL, who is on 9.0/12. Fabiano Caruana, who was the other leader at the end of day one, lost two games and was pushed down to the fifth spot. As for Anand, he held an advantage in all three games against Grischuk, Nakamura and Duda. He wasn't able to convert them. In this article we check out these three games of Anand and also bring you some beautiful pictures captured from the venue by Lennart Ootes.

A determined Anand took fort on day two of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Three rounds of rapid chess were going to be played. | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

When the second day begun Vishy Anand was leading the pack with 5.0/6 along with Fabiano Caruana. This has happened in the past as well, that Vishy has started off the tournament well and then on the second day things went downhill. The five-time World Champion took extra care that nothing of that sort happened as he made three draws and was placed joint second at the end of six rounds.

MVL had an excellent day two as he scored two wins and one draw to move to 9.0/12. Anand is on the joint second position along with Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

MVL beat Anish Giri and Caruana on day two and drew his final game of the day against Grischuk | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

Let's have a look at Vishy's games on day two:

Grischuk vs Anand, Round 4

Grischuk - the master of playing under time pressure! | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

Anand boldly played the move ...g5, pushed the bishop back and then picked up the pawn on e5. He was a pawn up, but the slight weakening of king meant that White always had his chances.

Here Anand had to go Rcd8 and he would be doing really well. Instead he took on b5 and after cxd5, all his advantage was lost

Anand vs Nakamura

Nakamura has been a tough opponent for Anand to face, but today he managed to get a clear edge. | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

Black's last move was ...Re8. Here Anand could have retreated his bishop to g3 and claimed a clear advantage as the most natural ...c5 is met with d5 Bd6 f4! As it happened in the game Anand didn't play his bishop to g3, but to f4. And hence ...c5 was now quite strong, the point being that d5 Bd6 now cannot be met with f4 as the bishop is on f4.

Duda vs Anand

Vishy's simple opening play gave him a nice edge out of the opening. But it was never really something big and the game remained within the contours of equality. The players agreed to a draw in 36 moves.

Ian Nepomniachtchi is on 6.0/12. He won his last round against Caruana after being clearly worse for most part of the game. | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

Mamedyarov is slowing clawing his way back. He scored two wins on day two | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

For Anish this is a moment of great worry as he has only been able to score 2.0/12. It goes without saying that he will bounce back. Also the support of his near ones keeps him in good stead. | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

All those who are on Instagram, can follow Anish's stories where after a hard day's work Anish walks out of the tournament hall and Daniel comes running to him! For Daniel it's his father's presence that is most important. He doesn't really care whether he has won or lost inside the tournament hall!

Trivia: Who is this famous women's chess player from France? | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

The last day of the rapid section with three games will take place today. It will be exciting to see if Vishy can topple MVL at the top! | Photo: Lennart Ootes/ Granc Chess Tour

More about Grand Chess Tour

The fifth edition of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) sees the tour expand to eight tournaments and increase in the number of full tour participants to twelve. The tour will also welcome fourteen event level wildcards in 2019. Tour participants will fight for a record prize fund of $1.75 million as the GCT expands its reach to four continents to include tournaments in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. The prize money on offer for the classical tournaments has been increased to $325,000 per event ($90,000 for 1st place and $60,000 for 2nd) while the prize fund for the GCT Finals in London will also be raised to $350,000 ($150,000 for 1st place and $100,000 for 2nd).

Croatia GCT and the Sinquefield Cup will be classical tournaments with five rapid and blitz tournaments to be held in Abidjan, Paris, St Louis, Bucharest and Kolkata. The GCT Finals will once again be held in London as part of the 2019 London Chess Classic. The twelve full tour participants will play in both classical events as well as in three of the five rapid and blitz tournaments. The classical events will be expanded to eleven-rounds while the rapid and blitz events will all use the GCT’s traditional ten player formats. The top four players by cumulative score will qualify for the 2019 GCT Finals which will be held during the London Chess Classic in London, UK between November 30 and December 10, 2019.

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