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Viswanathan Anand to meet Vachier-Lagrave in Norway opener

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will be back in action and will take on Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the first round of the Altibox Norway Chess here.
In what is termed as one of the strongest tournaments in the history of the game, reigning world champion and local hero Magnus Carlsen starts as the favourite but will face stiff competition from the likes of Wesley So of United States.

Anand will start his campaign with black pieces following a mediocre performance in the preceding blitz tournament that was played to determine the colours. The Indian ace could only finish seventh among 10 participants and will get five blacks as a result out of total nine games.
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