Thursday, 28 January 2016

The traditional first round draw

It now seems to be an established tradition that World Champions (present and former)  who return to play in Open swiss's (after a gap of a number of years) are destined to draw their first round. Kramnik and Carslen have done this at the Qatar Masters, while Anand has joined this group, with a first round draw in the 2016 Gibraltar Open. His (non-overawed) opponent was IM Szidonia Lazarne Vajda, who did not seem to mind the 400 rating point gap.

Anand,Viswanathan (2784) - Lazarne Vajda,Szidonia (2359) [A00]
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016 Gibraltar (1.3), 26.01.2016

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