Anand crushes Shirov to remain in joint lead


Wijk aan zee (The Netherlands): Viswanathan Anand scored a crushing victory over Alexei Shirov of Spain in the 10th round to maintain his position at the top in the 73rd Tata Steel chess tournament here.

Anand’s victory came about the same time when American Hikaru Nakamura triumphed over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the two maintained their co-leader status moving to an identical seven points out of a possible 10.

In another major surprise of the tournament, world number one Magnus Carlsen  suffered his second defeat with white pieces in the  tournament bowing to Russia champion Ian Nepomniachtchi in a hard fought game.

The other two over-night leaders? Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Levon Aronian of Armenia played out draws with Dutch duo of Jan Smeets and Anish Giri respectively to remain a half point behind the two leaders.

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