Teenaged GM Gukesh stuns Viswanathan Anand on Grand Chess Tour | Chess News – Times of India

In a remarkable turn of events at the 2023 SuperUnited Rapid and Blitz tournament, young Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh achieved a memorable victory over his esteemed compatriot and idol, Viswanathan Anand, in the eighth round of the Rapid event.
This significant triumph for the 17-year-old Gukesh, spanning 40 moves, marked his first-ever win against Anand and occurred during their inaugural encounter in a tournament setting.
Currently, both players stand at 10 points each, resulting in a tie for the fourth position in the standings.
“It was a very important win. I’m happy,” Gukesh told the Grand Chess Tournament’s social media handle.
“I thought I was better, but he equalised quite easily. Then he blundered the back rank. And after that the position got really tricky. It was very hard to play from there.
“We were discussing the game,” he said about the discussion he had with Anand after the match.
Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi maintained their shared lead at the conclusion of the Rapid event, both accumulating 12 points.
Despite starting as the day one leader, Viswanathan Anand encountered setbacks and fell two points behind the frontrunners. On the other hand, Magnus Carlsen, the world No. 1, regained his form and secured the clear third position heading into two full days of blitz matches.
Anand, apart from his loss to Gukesh, managed only draws against Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland in round seven and Nepomniachtchi in round nine.
Gukesh, starting the final day of the Rapid section, suffered a defeat against Caruana but rebounded spectacularly by stunning Anand and holding Duda to a draw.
Following the Rapid event, there will be an 18-round blitz segment in the tournament, featuring renowned players such as Carlsen, Anand, and Nepomniachtchi, among others.
The time control for the rapid portion was set at 25+10, with 2 points awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. The blitz portion will have a time control of 5+2, utilizing the conventional 1 point for a win, 1/2 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.
The Grand Chess Tour serves as a series of international events showcasing the world’s most exceptional players.

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