Shamkir Chess 5: Anand beats Giri to go 2nd

Vishy Anand proved the doubters wrong again to beat Anish Giri in Round 5 in Shamkir – his second Top 5 scalp in the space of three days. He’s now second and half a point ahead of Ding Liren, after the Chinese no. 1 lost only his second classical game in 129, this time to David Navara. The big clash Carlsen-Mamedyarov was a battling draw, while Alexander Grischuk got the last win of the day, finally using his bishop pair to beat Veselin Topalov after an epic 6.5-hour struggle. “Basically the game shows how weak are humans,” he summed up. Read more...