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Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand has crashed out of the Chess World Cup following a draw against Canadian Grandmaster Anton Kovalyov in the second round.
Anand came into the contest having already lost the first match against the Canadian. After 31 moves, both Anand and Kovalyov settled for a draw. With that result, Anand has now lost the chance to challenge Magnus Carlsen.
Anand’s dip in form continued against Kovalyov who held his nerve in a thrilling game after a speculative piece sacrifice by the Indian ace, which he termed 'ridiculous' during the post-match interview.
Now, only if Anand gets the FIDE President's nomination for the Candidates he can be part of the World Championships.
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