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Anand in elite company in Shamkir

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will have his hands full when he competes in a very strong field in the Shamkir Chess 2015, held in the memory of Vugar Gashimov. Come Friday, the Heydar Aliyev Centre will come alive - buzzing with the world’s best Grandmasters including World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who starts as the top seed in another super tournament of the year.

On rating count, Anand starts the tournament as the third seed and if the last tournament that he played was anything to go by, the Indian ace is in excellent form to carry on the good work he did in the Zurich Chess Challenge in March.

Anand won the Classical section in Zurich and tied for over-all first with Hikaru Nakamura of United
States only to lose the decider play-off that was incorporated to find the winner at the last minute. Anand had superior tiebreak and the trophy would be his without the tiebreak game.

Here, it’s a different ball game especially with the participation of Carlsen in the 10-player round-robin tournament under Classical system.
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