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Monday, June 6, 2011

Anand beats Shirov to win Leon Chess for eighth time: video+photos+games

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Hello everyone,

World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has beaten Alexei Shirov to win his eighth title in Leon. The score was 4.5 to 1.5 with Anand winning two games the duo drawing all the rest. 

The 24th edition of the Magistral Ciudad de León took place in the León Auditorium, from June 3-5 and included 6-game match with 40 minutes per game plus 30 seconds increment after each move. In his press release, press officer Leontxo Garcia wrote that it’s becoming more and more clear that the Indian is one of the best chess players of all time. And indeed, Anand’s play was very convincing and it’s not clear whether his chess is any weaker than, say, ten years ago.

At the press conference afterwards, Anand said, “This success shows that it is sometimes beneficial to have a few weeks off from training and tournaments, as I did after I became a father for the first time. I came to León hungry for chess and I am very satisfied with my play."

Shirov said, “I will need some days to draw clear conclusions, but obviously I need to change something in the preparation and choice of openings, because that’s been my main problem, especially with the white pieces.”

  Vishy Anand with tournament organiser 
Leontxo Garcia and Alexei Shirov

Afterwards Anand did a few more brief interviews and both players signed many autographs. The festival ends on Monday with a  simul by Shirov. Shirov also will play his next tournament from Thursday at the Sigeman tournament in Malmö. Anand won’t be playing tournaments over the next few months. You can see all the games in our gameplayer below with the popdown menu. Enjoy.

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