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Superbet R&B 2022 Day 2: Vishy Anand continues his fantastic form

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/05/2022

Vishy Anand continues his great momentum at Superbet Rapid and Blitz 2022. He started the day with two consecutive wins over talented Ukrainian GM Kirill Shevchenko and Levon Aronian. Anand defeated Aronian in just 24 moves with some sharp play. His tactical alertness combined with sound play ensured he is still at the top of the points table. The legend drew with the FIDE World Cup 2021 winner, Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the sixth round. Anand kept pushing till the very end, however, the Poland no.1 stood his ground. Richard Rapport climbed to the sole second spot by winning all three of his games on the second day. Round 7 starts today at 2 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Richard Rapport scores a hat-trick

One of the Candidates to determine the next Challenger for the world championship, Hungary no.1 Richard Rapport won all his games on the second day. He had to grind hard in the last two games against Fabiano Caruana (USA) and Anton Korobov (UKR). The games lasted for 70 and 81 moves. These two results show one thing - Rapport has the endurance for long games.

Vishy Anand is playing some sublime chess | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Round 4: Anand - Shevchenko: 2-0

Vishy Anand accepted his opponent Kirill Shevchenko's (UKR) pawn sacrifice in the Sicilian Pelikan.

Position after 16...e4

After 15...d5 16.exd5 Black should have recaptured at d5 16...Qxd5 and things would have been fine. 16...e4 tries to capitalize on the fact that White is lagging in development and the king is still in the center. However, 17.Qxe4 Re8 18.0-0-0 and White is doing absolutely fine. Black did not get enough compensation for the sacrificed two pawns. The counterplay was not strong enough to create a dent on the castled king.

Anand started the day with a win | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Round 5: Aronian - Anand: 0-2

Vishy Anand scored his best win of the event so far against Levon Aronian (USA). Check out Anand's beautiful play

Position after 17...Nxf2

16.Nc4 allowed the excellent Nxe4 17.Nxb6 invited Nxf2 causing a beautiful disaster for White's position. White resigned after seven more moves.

52-year-old Vishy is so sharp - Aronian vs Anand, Round 5 | Video: ChessBase India
Interview with Vishy Anand by GM Cristhian Chirila | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Vishy Anand scored an absolute classic against Aronian | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Round 6: Anand - Duda: 1-1

Poland no.1 Jan-Krzysztof Duda, halted Anand's winning streak in a game where Anand kept pushing for a win till the very end.

Photo Gallery

First move is being made on the All-Poland encounter between Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Jan-Krzysztof Duda | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Jan-Krzysztof Duda won the all-Poland battle against Radoslaw Wojtaszek | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Richard Rapport won all three of his games on the second day | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Wesley So is currently at shared third place 7.0/12 with... | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

...Jan-Krzysztof Duda | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

The plaiyng arena at Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Replay the live stream

Replay the Live Commentary of Superbet Rapid & Blitz 2022 Round 4-6 by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India live stream


The total prize fund is US$ 175000 with the first prize being US$ 40000.


Rapid: Win - 2 points, Draw - 1 point and Loss - 0.

Blitz: Win - 1 point, Draw - 0.5 point and Loss - 0.

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Standings after Round 6

Vishy Anand is still in the lead 11.0/12 | Photo: Grand Chess Tour


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