Five times world champion Viswanathan Anand had a mixed opening day with a win, a loss and a draw in the St. Louis rapid and blitz chess event that got underway here.
Starting off with a victory over Hikaru Nakamura of USA, Anand lost against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the second round and then drew with Sergey Karjakin of Russia to end the day on three points out of a possible six.
With two points for a victory in the rapid section being the award here, USA’s Fabiano Caruana States became a runaway leader on six points winning all his three games. Anand shares the fourth spot currently on three points along with Mamedyrov and Nakamura while Aronian, Grishuk and Leinier Dominguez of Cuba.
INIYAN STUNS SANAN
In Abu Dhabi, International Master P. Iniyan defeated highly rated Grandmaster norm. Nihal Sarin also remained on course for what could be a Grandmaster norm by playing out an easy draw with Ivan Chaparinov of Georgia.
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