New Delhi, Dec 10: Viswanathan Anand, yet again on successive second day failed to convert the slight of the advantage into a win, as he upsets again. He lost against the England’s Luke Mcshane, who stunned everyone by defeating Anand in the London Chess Classic in London on Thursday. Anand, playing black against David Howell, who is rated the lowest in the eight man field for the competition, had tried 50 moves in Sicilian Defence, before ending the match for a draw. As per the rules, the winner receives three points, one for a draw and nil to loser, Anand with having two points is having the position sixth, with five more rounds to go.
The opponent of Anand in the first game, the birthday boy Hikaru Nakamura surprised everyone, as he defeated the former World Champion Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik, in the 54 moves after playing at the black side of English opening; Kramnik had a nightmare and unfortunately lost the game. On the top of the table is Mcshane, with having six points in his pocket. He got down his senior competitor Nigel Short on Thursday, to follow a great win against his opponent Magnus Carlsen. Mcshane was in need of 52 moves in Sicilian. Nigel Short is placed down to the bottom of the table.
Carlsen did not allow his spirits and confidence to go down by having a shock and surprise lost in the first encounter and defeated England’s Michael Adams in 49 moves of English Opening. The outcome of the second round David Howell (Eng, 1) drew with Viswanathan Anand (2); Nigel Short (Eng, 0) lost to Luke McShane (Eng, 6); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 3) beat Michael Adams (Eng, 3); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 3) lost to Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 4). Third round clash will be between: Anand-Carslen; McShane-Kramnik; Adams-Short; Nakamura-Howell.