Anand continues to win "Ciudad de Leon"

by André Schulz
6/13/2016 – Last weekend the Spanish town Leon invited to its traditional chess event, the "29th Ciuduad de Leon", a four-player k.o.tournament in rapid format. The favorite was Vishy Anand who had won the previous eight events. The former World Champion continued this series though he needed some luck to beat Chinese prodigy Wei Yi in the finals.

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Two young Spanish talents had the chance to test their skills against Vishy Anand and Wei Yi: David Anton, who is part of the Spanish national team, and Jaime Santos, a young player from the region of Leon.

Press conference with the players

First semifinal

Both semifinals and the final were four-game matches. In the first semifinal Anand played agaiinst Anton and had some trouble. After a draw in the first game, Anand won the second game but in third game the Spaniard won and managed to equalize the match. However, in the fourth game Anand, who has an enormous experience in rapid matches, scored his second win and qualified for the final.

Not all seems well: Press conference with Viswanathan Anand and David Anton

The first semifinal


The second semifinal

In the second semifinal Jaime Santos played against Wei Yi. Of course, the Chinese prodigy was clear favorite but the match was everything but one-sided. Three of the four games were drawn but Wei Yi won the match because he could win the second game.

Jaime Santos and Wei Yi

The first move


The final between Anand and Wei Yi followed on Sunday, the second day of the event. Anand took an early lead by winning the first game - maybe it was his huge experience that made fortune help him.  

Anand-Wei Yi, Game 1


The second game ended in a draw - and Wei Yi again missed his chances.

Wei Yi-Anand, Game 2


With draws in games three and four Anand secured the match and could enjoy his ninth victory in Leon.

All games



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ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 6/16/2016 03:41
what about the third photo featuring a cheerful vishy tmmmmmmmmm!!!!
philosopher55 philosopher55 6/14/2016 08:43
In Anand's lucky 2nd game, the comment is mistaken and TMMM is not quite right either.
After 31... Rd1? 32. Rxd1 Nxd1 33. Bf6 threatens to trap the N, so 33... a4 is an attempt
to let N escape. Yet after 34. a3 it's still not quite over yet: 34... b4! 35. ab Kf8! N is saved
(Kf1 a3 Ke1 Nb2), K catches the b pawn, and black a pawn will be ultimately exchanged for
white b pawn so the 4 vs 3 pawns endgame can be won for White but it is still a long fight.
digupagal digupagal 6/14/2016 05:52
chess is a personal sport, Anand makes living by playing chess.

Why would you guys want Anand to retire and lose his earnings. He is not playing to please you guys.

Its none of your business TMMM. You are no one(not credible enough).
karavamudan karavamudan 6/14/2016 04:09
Inane comments on a photo, on the usage of FORTUNE - not worth a damn in the larger scheme of things

Only disappointing thing is Anand losing more games now to lesser ranked opponents

firecebadger firecebadger 6/14/2016 02:00
Why is Shirov not playing, he lives in Spain part of the year
abdekker abdekker 6/14/2016 01:49
The photo was probably just an unfortunate choice. Anand remains a great ambassador for the game.
Lachesis Lachesis 6/14/2016 12:41
I wish the time control used was reported. I had to look up online that it was 8 rounds at G/15/10
malfa malfa 6/14/2016 12:29
After playing chess for more than forty years, I can say with a clear conscience that people who deny the existence of luck in chess know very little about the game.
ex0 ex0 6/14/2016 12:00
Fortune = divine help? Nah, fortune is just another word for LUCK. And sure, anyone can say that there's no luck involved in chess, but many will say that there is. Either way, the use of the word luck, or the author saying that Anand might of gotten some luck from <whatever> in order to win, shouldn't of generated such a long winded rant from you.. and all because the author chose to use the word Fortune? Get over yourself dude. I didn't see any 'bias against Anand' from the author, he just chose to use the word fortune and said that Anand got lucky since Wei Yi didn't take the chances that he got in the games..
thlai80 thlai80 6/14/2016 05:44
@Resistance, but ... the irony when you commented way beyond the article by making up and suggesting projection of your views totally out of context. Why so emotional because of a single word? One could only wonder your association to Anand.
Resistance Resistance 6/14/2016 02:32
Hummm. Mixed feelings. Good that Chessbase has an article on the tournament; with photographs (which are always welcomed), the games, analyses, and crosstables. However, the article seems to show a certain bias against one of the players of the tournament: the old but still very good Vishy Anand, who, unfortunately for the author, won the tournament. In the second game of the match for first place, against Wei Yi, we are told that "maybe it was his huge experience (Anand's) that made FORTUNE help him". Fortune... maybe... Apparently, we are to understand that the Chinese prodigy, Wei Yi, lost to Anand because the latter got some sort of 'divine help' during their match, not because Wei Yi was facing another prodigy; it wasn't Anand's higher class nor talent, nor his legendary highly professional preparation: it was luck coming to the rescue of the old timer...

Maybe the author wanted Wei Yi to win, and didn't like Anand spoiling his party; maybe he likes young players and resent older ones from taking that which he would like to see in possession of the young; maybe, next year, in order for him not to see this happening again, he should contact Ciudad de Leon organizers and tell them to stop bringing in that Indian guy who keeps on winning the tournament without his, the author's, approval. In any case, it would be much better, much wiser, if the author refrained from presenting his own views and impressions about players and tournaments as if they were objective, when they so clearly aren't.

KevinC KevinC 6/13/2016 09:22
@TMMM you judge Anand on ONE photo? WOW! <SMH>
TMMM TMMM 6/13/2016 06:43
Ah, I see the point is that after Rxd1 Nxd1 Bf6 a4 white has to play a3! in which case the knight is trapped indeed. That probably explains why Wei Yi missed it as well, as I doubt he missed the idea of trapping the knight on d1.
TMMM TMMM 6/13/2016 06:41
Wow, Anand looks so grumpy on that second photo. It's good he is no longer the role model and image for the sport.

And the comments for the second game seem to be wrong: after Rxd1 Nxd1 Bf6 a3 Kf1 a2 Ke1 (Be7 Nc3) Nb2 the knight escapes, with probably a better position for black.