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Viswanathan Anand’s stirring comebacks from forgettable performances is what makes him a great player.
In the two-round play-off, which was faster than blitz in a reduced time format of a three-minute game, Anand won with white pieces, before drawing with black to seal the issue 1.5-0.5.
Virat Kohli got emotional and lost control while making 'leave India' comment with fan: Viswanathan Anand
Virat Kohli 'lost control' of himself while making the 'leave India' comment, feels legendary five-time former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand.
Star attraction Anand finished seventh with eight draws and a shock defeat in the last round.
Other than Anand, Pentala Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Nihal Sarin will take part in the nine-round rapid event.
Anand faced the Schilemann gambit in the Ruy Lopez and did manage to get an early advantage in the middle game.
Hess is a noted commentator and was the appointed coach of the US women's team earlier this year for the chess Olympiad.
Viswanathan Anand beats Raunak Sadhwani, Kidambi holds Vladimir Kramnik in Isle of Man chess tourney
Seeded sixth here, Anand went for the variation he had chosen to beat Eric Hansen of Canada in the just-concluded Chess Olympiad but clearly the Nagpur kid was much better prepared.
India went into the Chess Olympiad with a lot of expectations but had to settle for the sixth spot in the Open section in Batumi, Georgia.
Backed by Viswanathan Anand's facile win in the previous round, the Indian men beat Paraguay by a 3.5-0.5 margin.
While India's Harika Dronavalli and Tania Sachdev humbled their opponents, Koneru Humpy and Eesha Karavade drew their games.
The Indian teams got two match points following the victory as the day produced some individual upsets but the higher ranked teams prevailed.
After a glittering and probably the best ever opening ceremony in any Olympiad that was a mix of performances by the local stars, its time now to set the clock rolling.
The country's other top players such as Tania Sachdev and Vidit Gujarati also felt the same.
At the Olympiad -- the sport's biennial equivalent of the Olympics -- Viswanathan Anand will be part of the Indian team for the first time since 2006.