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World Chess Championships 2017: Viswanathan Anand beats World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen

World Rapid Championship is currently going on in Saudi Arabia. (Source: General Sports Authority) Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Dec 28, 2017, 06.39 AM (IST)

Former multiple World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India defeated reigning chess champion Magnus Carlsen Wednesday in the ninth round of World Rapid Championship (WRC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Anand won the game from the black side of Botvinnik system in the Nimzo Indian defence. 

He won in a total of 34 moves -- as his queen and bishop that controlled the long diagonal proved too powerful in the play. 

Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Wang Hao were among the leaders.

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Also, Pune's Eesha Karavade defeated higher-rated Valentina Gunina in the ninth round of the ongoing World Chess Championships 2017.