Viswanathan Anand finishes ninth in St. Louis Rapid

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ST LOUIS (USA), August 14: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand had another below-par day with a couple of draws and a defeat, finishing ninth spot in the rapid section of St. Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament that concluded here.
While the rapid section is not conclusive final standing in the tournament, Anand now faces a daunting task as he has a huge ground to cover in the Blitz section that will have eighteen games in all with one point awarded for each victory.
Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan overtook overnight lead Fabiano Caruana of United States to emerge joint leaders on 12 points after the nine-round rapid section. (PTI)