Tata Steel Chess: Anand beats Firouzja, jumps to joint sixth

first_imgLast Updated: 25th January, 2020 17:59 IST Tata Steel Chess: Anand Beats Firouzja, Jumps To Joint Sixth Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand gave a fine endgame lesson to young Alireza Firouzja, jumping to joint sixth position at the end of the 11th round Press Trust Of India Masters round 11: Nikita Vitiugov (Rus, 4) drew with Daniil Dubov (Rus, 5.5); Alireza Firouzja (Fid, 5.5) lost to V Anand (Ind, 5.5); Vladislav Kovalev (Blr, 3) lost to Fabiano Caruana (Usa, 8); Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 6) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 7); Vladislav Artemiev (Rus, 5.5) beat Jorden Van Foreest (Ned, 6); Wesley So (Usa, 6.5) drew with Jeffery Xiong (Usa, 5); , Anish Giri (Ned, 5.5) drew with Yu Yangyi  (Chn, 4).Challengers: Vincent Keymer (Ger, 5.5) drew with Rauf Mamedov (Aze, 5.5); Nihal Sarin (Ind, 5.5) drew with Erwin L’Ami (Ned, 7); Nils Grandelius (Swe, 6) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (Ind, 6.5); Pavel Eljanov (Ukr, 6.5) drew with Jan Smeets (Ned, 5.5); Anton Smirnov (Aus, 4) lost to David Anton Guijarro (Esp, 8); Max Warmerdam (2.5) drew with Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz, 2.5); Lucas Van Foreest (Ned, 5) lost to Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzb, 7).  LIVE TV COMMENT First Published: 25th January, 2020 17:59 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand gave a fine endgame lesson to young Alireza Firouzja, jumping to joint sixth position at the end of the 11th round of Tata Steel Masters here. With his second victory, Anand clawed his way back to a fifty percent score and will now hope to end the tournament on a high. At just 16 years, Firouzja is less than one-third of Anand’s age, and the Indian ace showed that the Iranian still has a lot to learn. Anand started with the Nimzo Indian and faced the Samisch setup by the Iranian.The middle game was double-edged but Anand made most of it. Converting to a rook and opposite coloured Bishops endgame, Anand capitalised on his better pieces to tie down white’s forces and in the end forcibly won a pawn. For Firouzja, this was the third straight loss in the tournament after a brilliant start that saw him on the leaderboard around the half way mark. “I was not very optimistic before the round,” Anand said after the game, adding, “I felt that after the rest day he will get back in some sort of control, but he is very dangerous and aggressive.”With two rounds to go, Fabiano Caruana of the United States made a decisive stride forward for his maiden title here, crushing Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus to reach a very impressive eight points. The American now enjoys a full point lead over world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Wesley So of the United States is in sole third spot on 6.5 points, a half point clear of fourth-placed Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland and Jorden Van Foreest of Holland. In the Challenger’s section, Grandmaster David Anton Gujjaro of Spain also moved ahead of the field, defeating Anton Smirnov of Australia.  India’s Surya Shekhar Ganguly is in joint fourth spot on 6.5 points while Nihal Sarin is joint seventh on 5.5.Results Written By FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Volleyball Div 1: Nigeria Police Detain Imo Babes On Day 6

first_imgNigeria Police Force came from two sets down to beat Imo Babes 3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-8) in the women’s category on Day 6 of the National Volleyball League Division One in Bauchi.Nigeria Police Force started the game well by winning the first set 25-22, but could not maintain the momentum as Imo Babes won the second (25-17) and third set (25-19).The Taiwo Oladipupo led Nigeria Police team came out smoking to win the fourth set by 25-20 and eventually secure a win in the match by snatching the fifth set by 15-8.Head coach of Nigeria Police, Taiwo Oladipupo admitted that Imo Babes gave his team a stern examination but blamed his players for underrating the opponent and failing to “play to instructions”.“I must admit that Imo Babes made me very uncomfortable and made me unbalanced after they won the second and third sets of the match. They showed determination and zeal to beat us but my girls were the better side; we took advantage of their lapses in the fourth set and won the game.“We could have easily beaten them but my players underrated them and did not play according to instruction. This almost cost us the game but I am happy we eventually won”, he addedThe coach of Imo Babes, Uche Ogbonna commended his team for putting up a strong fight against the Police team.“I commend my players for their exceptional performance today; the crowd cheered us because they were happy with what they saw in our team. We lost to a more experienced and lessons have been learnt”.Meanwhile, Niger Brass secured their first win after beating ABM of Katsina 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 15-13)Other results are:Sunshine Spikers v Offa VC 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-15)COAS Spikers v Kada Kings 3-2 (25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 12-25, 15-7)Relatedlast_img read more