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Carlsen outsmarts Anand

World champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and went down 0.5-1.5 in the third round of Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in Nice.

other Updated: Mar 17, 2009 23:25 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and went down 0.5-1.5 in the third round of Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in Nice.

Anand lost the blindfold game with white pieces and did not get a chance to recover in the rapid. With this defeat, the Indian slipped in the standings and stands joint sixth in combined, joint fifth in rapid and joint sixth in blindfold. Alexander Morozevich of Russia and Levon Aronian of Armenia retained the joint first position in the combined standings after settling for 1-1 draws with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Gata Kamsky of United States respectively.

Anand shares the next spot along with Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine and Peter Leko of Hungary on three points and this bunch is a half point clear of Radjabov and Kamsky.