Vishwanathan Anand suffers his second loss at Altibox Norway Chess

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Vishwanathan Anand suffers his second loss at Altibox Norway Chess

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Vishwanathan Anand suffered his second loss in the fourth round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament at the hands of Netherlands international Anish Giri. The five-time world champion was pressurised by Giri and eventually resigned on the 33rd move in the toughest tournament of the year.

Vishwanathan Anand's position in the 10-man Altibox Norway Chess tournament further deteriorated after he registered his second loss against Anish Giri yesterday at Stavanger.

Anand, playing on the black side of the table gave up his Bishop pair early courtesy some energetic play by Giri in the first game. In the second, Giri took the remaining Bishop pair by the 17th move to enjoy a double Bishop versus two knights position. The computer algorithm suggested an even battle which did not turn out to be as anticipated and Giri had the upper hand by the 27th move which resulted in Anand bowing out in the 33rd.  

Earlier in the tournament, Anand suffered a second round defeat at the hands of the old foe, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia who emerged with 1.5 points at the end of their battle.  

A noted upset that marked day four of the tournament was the loss of the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen against Armenian Levon Aronian. 

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