The game ended in a draw, following which the Armageddon ended in a stalemate. Subsequently, the 52-year-old Viswanathan Anand garnered 11.5 points and finished in second place.
Viswanathan Anand of India. Courtesy: Reuters
- Viswanathan Anand finished in second place with 11.5 points
- In the Armageddon, Anand and Giri fought hard for 45 moves
- Anand will face Teimour Radjabov in the eighth round
Legendary Indian chess maestro Viswanathan Anand, on Monday, June 6, drew his sixth round match against Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the Classical section of the Norway Chess tournament.
The game ended in a draw, following which the Armageddon ended in a stalemate. Subsequently, the 52-year-old Anand garnered 11.5 points and finished in second place.
World champion Magnus Carlsen stormed to the top position with a win over Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, thereby taking his tally to 12.5 points after six rounds.
After the encounter between Anand, playing black, and Giri, the two players shook hands for a draw after 35 moves in an English Variation game.
In the Armageddon (sudden death tie-break), the duo fought hard for 45 moves before the match ended in a draw. Going by the Armageddon rules, the player playing black is considered to have won the game if it ends in a draw.
The veteran Indian superstar, who had rolled over Carlsen in the previous round, is set to lock horns with Teimour Radjabov in the eighth round.
Leaving aside the match between Carlsen and Mamedyarov, all the other matches ended in draws in the round. The Norwegian world No.1 beat his opponent from Azerbaijan in 56 moves.
In other games on Monday, France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated China’s Hao Wang via the sudden death tie-break even as USA’s Wesley So got past Norwegian Aryan Tari. Veselin Topalov drew with Radjabov in the Armageddon to share honours.
In the ongoing edition of the Norway Chess tournament, the players take part in an Armageddon (sudden death) in case of a draw in the classical game.