Viswanathan Anand will resume his storied in Croatia

Viswanathan Anand will resume his storied in Croatia

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will resume his storied rivalry with Russian legend Garry Kasparov within the Croatia Grand Chess Tour Rapid and Blitz tournament beginning here on Wednesday, returning to over-the-board action after quite a year.

The Indian maestro's last over-the-board event was in March 2020 before Covid-19 and related restrictions put a halt to sporting action across the world .Anand are going to be featuring in both the rapid and blitz segments, while his long-time rival and former world champion Kasparov will participate only within the blitz event.

Anand and Kasparov, who retired in 2005, are involved in several memorable matches including within the PCA World Championships final held at the planet Trade Center in ny in 1995.

He said he was looking forward to playing over-the-board chess again and also taking over Kasparov.

"I am excited to be ready to play again. I even have had tons of memories twiddling with Kasaparov. But it (playing against him) are going to be different this time", Anand said.

The Chennai chess ace, who is now ranked 15th within the world, are going to be trying to find some good leads to a top quality field.

He was a neighborhood of the Indian team, which won the FIDE Online Olympiad in August last year jointly with Russia.

Anand, who was stuck in Germany last year when lockdowns and travel restrictions kicked in thanks to the pandemic, returned to India in June.

Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Elo 2807) is that the highest ranked player within the field, which also includes Russian Grandmaster Alex Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia).

Nepomniachtchi, who will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title later this year, has entered the event through a wild card like Anand.

GMs Anish Giri (the Netherlands), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), Ivan Saric (Croatia), Anton Korobov (Ukraine) and Jorden Van Foreest (the Netherlands) also are within the fray.

The tourney will see the ten elite Grandmasters competing over nine rounds of rapid chess (to be played from July 7 to 9) and 18 rounds of blitz chess (to be played on July 10 and 11) for a complete prize fund of USD 150,000.

In rapid chess, each player gets 25 minutes to finish the sport with 10 second increment time added after each move.

In the blitz event, players get five minutes for the sport with two seconds increment time added after each move. PTI SS PM PM

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