Anand draws with Wesley So; finishes joint second at Sinquefield Cup

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ST. LOUIS (USA): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand finished joint second after playing out a draw with Wesley So of United States in the Sinquefield Cup, which concluded here.

Finishing with a tally of 5.5 points out of a possible nine, Anand also gained some valuable rating points to inch closer to the 2800 rating mark. With seven draws and two victories, Anand has moved to seventh place in the world ranking.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France deservedly won the Sinquefield Cup with his best ever performance in an elite tournament.

With a photo-finish guaranteed before the start of the round, the tone was set by Vachier-Lagrave who scored a crushing victory against Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia to take his tally to an insurmountable six points.

The other overnight leader Levon Aronian’s super-run in super-events ended as he ran into a resurgent reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

Carlsen won a fine game to join Anand in second spot, while Aronian had to be content with the joint fourth spot along with Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

Besides Vachier’s big win and Carlsen’s fine performance, the day produced another decisive result that went unnoticed. Peter Svidler of Russia, who had lost the first game and then seven, defeated Fabiano Caruana of United States.

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