Anand returns to top of the standings

Anand returns to top of the standings

The silver lining for the Indian ace was the fact that he dethroned Carlsen from the number one ranking in the Live rating list for the first time since January this year and ended up as the top player in the ratings too.

Anand will now move to Nanjing in China to take part in another Grand Slam event in which Carlsen will also take part. Vladimir Kramnik of Russia won the Final Masters after settling for an easy draw with Alexei Shirov of Spain. Kramnik scored two wins and four draws in all and ended up at 10 points with the football like scoring system in place here that gives three points for a win and one for a draw.

For the Russian, it was an excellent result as he had qualified through a tournament in Shanghai last September to play here. Anand finished with eight points and a marginal increase in rating which will see him get past Carlsen.

Carlsen, who managed a decent comeback after a disastrous 0/2 start, finished third in this category-22 event which was the strongest ever in terms of average rating of participants.
Shirov had to be content with a fourth-place finish and he was the only player who went home winless.

After Kramnik settled for an early draw, Anand had his chances to force a play-off against Kramnik in the event of a tie.  However, Carlsen always remained on his guard after employing the Reyer system in the Ruy Lopez and never was in any serious trouble.

Results (final round): Alexei Shirov (Esp, 4) drew Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 10); Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 8) drew Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 6).

Final standings: Kramnik 1; Anand 2; Carlsen 3; Shirov 4.

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