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Viswanathan Anand beats Garry Kasparov in Croatia Grand Chess Tour

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand trumped former world champion Garry Kasparov in the much-awaited contest of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour in Zagreb on Saturday.

Playing with white pieces, the Chennai-based maestro took down Kasparov in 30 moves in a Sicillian Najdorf variation game in the fourth round of the Blitz event.

Anand, however, went down to Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi, the top seed, in round five. He posted victories over Jan-Kryzstof Duda, Anton Korobov and Jorden Van Foreest and drew his eighth-round game against Shakriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan. Anand has till now posted four wins, two draws and suffered two defeats in eight rounds of the Blitz section to be placed fifth with 14 points.

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He started the Blitz competition with a defeat at the hands of Dutch GM Anish Giri before bouncing back with a win over Poland's Duda. Anand then shared points with French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the third round. The former world champion had ended up at seventh spot after the Rapid section with nine points. He had posted two wins, five draws and two losses.

Anand, who is returning to over-the-board action for the first time since March 2020, resumed his rivalry with Kasparov who is playing just the Blitz event in Zagreb.

Blitz results, fourth round: Viswanathan Anand beat Garry Kasparov; Anton Korobov lost to Jan-Kryzstof Duda; Shakriyar Mamedyarov lost to Alexander Grischuk; Anish Giri drew Peter Van Foreest; Ian Nepomniachtchi drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.