Viswanathan Anand slumped to a shock defeat against Vladimir Kramnik

Vastavam web:Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand’s quest for a record sixth title suffered a setback as he slumped to a shock defeat against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the seventh round of the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament, here.Having done quite well so far, Anand went for unwarranted complications against Kramnik who was at his best to match his opponent.The loss proved costly as Anand slipped to joint sixth spot from his overnight joint second position.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan stretched his lead to a full point after his third straight victory in the tournament.On the receiving end was Wei Yi of China who was outdone from a Catalan opening where the former played white.Anand, on four, shares the sixth position along with Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
The other Indian in the masters B Adhiban played out a draw with Maxim Matlakov of Russia to inch his tally up to 1.5 points. Adhiban has suffered four losses and drew the remaining three games thus far.

In the challengers section, grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi was again held to a draw by Lucas Van Foreest of Holland.D Harika was close to equalising but went down fighting against Germany’s Matthias Bluebaum.