Vishwanathan Anand struggling lies at bottom

St. Louis, USA: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand again had an average day scoring 3-5 points out of a possible nine and was pushed to the last spot in the St Louis Rapid and Blitz competition here. Anand began the day with two losses on the trot and then stabilized a little by settling for a few draws and a win. However, the last round loss to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan did not help, leaving the Indian ace with a lot of ground to cover in this leg of the Grand chess tour. Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Mamedyarov stayed in front on 17 points apiece after the first day of blitz and the USA remained in third on 15-5 points. Closing in the gap was Maxime Vashir-Lagrave of France who came up with a spectacular performance to notch five wins and four draws in the blitz first day.

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