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CHENNAI,October 21: Viswanathan Anand went down to Chinese GM Wang Hao in the 10th round of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss event at Isle of Man on Sunday.
The five-time former World champion’s loss in the penultimate round has all but ended his chances for next year’s Candidates which is scheduled to be held in March at Yekaterinburg, Russia. Anand’s chances now rest with the organisers who have one slot to fill at their discretion.
With one round to go at Isle of Man, Anand is on six points while World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana is in sole lead with 7.5 points. Then there’s a group of seven players – Hao, Alekseenko, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Nikita Vitiugov, Hikaru Nakamura and Howell – who are on 7 points apiece.
Caruana has already qualified for the Candidates – the tournament which decides the challenger of world champion Carlsen – and the player who will finish on top at Isle of Man (other than Caruana) will make the elite event. (TNN)