IMAGE: Former World champion Viswanathan Anand was beaten by Fabiano Caruana of the United States and Hungary’s Richard Rapport while drawing with five others in the Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament, in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Indian chess maestro Viswanathan Anand failed to win even one game in the Blitz section of the 7th Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament, in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday.
The former World champion lost two games – one to Fabiano Caruana (USA) and the other to Richard Rapport (Hungary) while drawing with five others.
The draws were against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), David Navara (Czech Republic)), Vugar Asadli and Rauf Mamedov (both Azerbaijan).
He is placed last after the Rapid event and Day 1 of the Blitz section with 5.5 points.
On Thursday, the second day of the Blitz, the players will play their respective opponents with the opposite colour.
Rapport is ahead of the field with 20.5 points with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) one point behind him and Caruana on 18.5.
Earlier, in the Rapid section, Anand could manage only one win, against Shakriyar Mamedyarov in the sixth round.