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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