Impressed with Indian youngsters, Anand misses the feel of being in a tournament in life under new normal
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Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SPB or Balu in the movie world, died on Friday afternoon in a Chennai hospital where he was being treated for Covid-19 since last month.
Russia' Kramnik, the first unified world champion, had an intense rivalry with Anand for many years.
Anand hopes Online Chess Olympiad performance will get sports ministry’s attention.
India’s challenge on the last day of pool matches was overcoming Saturday’s disappointment as well as strong opponents, especially from Georgia and China.
Anand ended the tournament in ninth position behind GM Peter Leko who finished last.
Going into the match against the Chinese after ending his six-match losing streak, Anand surrendered the first game in just 22 moves late on Tuesday.
Anand needed just 45 moves to win the first round while he closed down the second round in 49 moves. The third ended in a draw.
Anand's struggles continued in the USD 150,000 Legends of Chess online tournament as he suffered his sixth consecutive defeat with a 2-3 loss to Nepomniachtchi of Russia.
The former world champion got off to a good start and won the first game of the best-of-four contest but went down 2-3 to Peter Leko of Hungary.
The former world champion Indian and Giri played out four draws before the Dutch player pulled off a win in the Armageddon game (a tie-break) late on Friday.
Viswanathan Anand and Ding Liren lie at the bottom of the points table, without a win against their name.
The former world champion had kept the Norwegian ace in check in three games of the best-of-four contest before slipping 1.5-2.5 by in the final game late on Wednesday.
Viswanathan Anand went down 1.5-2.5 to Russia's Peter Svidler in the opening round of the Legends of Chess tournament.