Former world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday registered his first win within the ongoing FIDE-Chess.com On-line Nations Cup, beating Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi in simply 17 strikes in a fifth spherical match that led to a 2-2 draw.
In its second match of the day, India went all the way down to USA 1.5-2.5 within the sixth spherical with B Adhiban’s loss by the hands of Wesley So proving decisive.
Anand, Vidit Gujrathi and Koneru Humpy drew their video games towards Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana and Irina Krush respectively.
Anand underlined his class by getting the higher of Nepomniachtchi in simply 17 strikes to set the tone for India within the tie towards Russia.
Nevertheless, after Adhiban and D Harika drew their video games towards Sergey Karjakin and Olga Girya respectively, Vladislav Artemiev salvaged a draw for Russia with an excellent win over P Harikrishna.
In different video games in spherical 5, China beat USA 2.5-1.5 whereas Europe defeated Remainder of the World by an identical margin.
Within the sixth spherical, China continued its domination by thrashing Remainder of the World 3.5-0.5 to keep up its place on the high with 11 match factors and 16.5 board factors.
India is fifth on the desk with 2 match factors and 10 board factors.
India had suffered a double blow, shedding its matches to Europe and top-seeded China by comparable 1.5-2.5 margins within the third and fourth spherical respectively on Wednesday.
The occasion follows the double round-robin format, with the 2 main groups battling for the title within the “Tremendous-final”.
All matches contain 4 boards – represented by three males and a lady participant. The fast time-control is 25-minute plus 10-second increment per transfer.