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Anand shocked at Tal Memorial opener

other Updated: Jun 15, 2013 01:47 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand was off to a disappointing start, suffering a rare defeat as white against Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the first round of the Tal Memorial Chess Tournament here.

On what turned out to be a tough day for the world champion, Caruana did everything right after sacrificing a pawn in the middle game and Anand had little clues to better the judgement of the young Italian genius.

Playing the white side of a Ruy Lopez, Anand was surprised to find Caruana playing one of the topical systems that involves a pawn sacrifice which, once declined, became a topic of discussion in the press room.

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