Anand off the blocks in fine style

Anand off the blocks in fine style

 World champion Viswanathan Anand got off to a good start in his Tal memorial campaign by finishing second in the blitz tournament.

Remaining undefeated, Anand scored 6.5 points in the ten-player round-robin event and stood clear second.

Hikaru Nakamura of United States won the tournament comprehensively scoring seven points in all and the American was other player besides Anand, who remained undefeated.
Anand ensured he would get five whites out of nine rounds and the Indian ace will meet Fabiano Caruana of Italy who recently overtook him in live ratings.

The drawing of lots was done after the blitz tournament, and according to standings in blitz, the players were asked to choose their numbers.

Nakamura had the first choice and he chose white while Anand opted for ‘two’ as his number. Russian Vladimir Kramnik came in next and surprisingly chose number seven which means he was ready to play with five blacks -- considered a slight disadvantage in top level chess.

Kramnik explained his decision after the ceremony citing the tiebreak rules that hugely favour the number of black games played in the tournament.