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Viswanathan Anand Bags Bronze At World Blitz Chess Championship

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| December 31 , 2017 , 12:51 IST

The Indian Chess Grandmaster made the nation proud by bagging a bronze in the World Blitz Chess Championship. After showcasing an extraordinary performance in a rapid section a few days back, Viswanathan Anand was left disappointed after losing to Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi on the first day.

However, the Chessmaster made a power-packed comeback on the final day by beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France. Norway's Magnus Carlsen emerged as the World Classical champion after scoring the whopping 9/10 on the final day and taking his overall score to sixteen.

Anand had a good chance to tie with Russia's Sergey Karjakin at the second position due to his average 7.5 points till final day with the added 7, scored on last day. Karjakin's total score was also 14.5 as he only bagged 5.5 points on the last day.

The five-time World Champion marked the victory over Etienne Bacrot of France, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia, Baadur Jobava of Georgia and Tigran Petrosian of Armenia by the end of the 12th round. Keeping the show going, Anand once again proved his Mattel by beating Vachier Lagrave.

Carlsen didn't give a chance to anybody for taking the victory away from him. The Norwegian already had a two-point lead when he came to the final round along with a draw with Aronian which secured his gold medal with 1.5 points lead.

Many other Indians were also seen participating and doing well in the championship. While P Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi ended with 12.5 points apiece, B Adhiban ended on 11 points whereas Surya Shekhar Ganguly and S P Sethuraman finished with 10 points apiece.