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 Norway Chess: Viswanathan Anand's Winning Run In Classical Event Ends, In Joint Lead With Magnus



Viswanathan Anand's winning streak in the 'Classical' section of the Norway Chess tournament came to an end on Saturday when he was defeated by American Wesley So in the fourth round. The 52-year-old former world champion is now tied for first place with Magnus Carlsen on 8.5 points. Anand and So's ordinary Classical game concluded in a draw after 28 moves. The American then defeated the Indian GM in the Armageddon (sudden death) game in 46 moves.

In the first three rounds, the Indian ace defeated France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Bulgaria's Vaselin Topalov, and China's Wang Hao. 


Meanwhile, Carlsen defeated Dutchman Anish Giri in the Classical game to tie Anand for first place. 

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan upset Wang Hao in another decisive game in round four, while Teimour Radjavov and the seasoned Topalov prevailed via the Armageddon against Vachier-Lagrave and Aryan Tari of Norway, respectively.


In the ongoing Norway Chess tournament, if the classical game ends in a draw, the players participate in an Armageddon (sudden death). So had won the Blitz event before the Classical.





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