Viswanathan Anand shocked by Fabiano Caruana in Tal Memorial opener

With eight rounds still to come in the strongest super-tournament of the year, Mamedyarov, Carlsen and Caruana nosed ahead with victories and the Russian trio of Sergey Karjakin, Dmitry Andreikin and Alexander Morozevich remain closed behind half a point adrift along with Boris Gelfand of Israel.

updated: June 14, 2013 09:40 IST
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Moscow: World champion Viswanathan Anand was off to a disappointing start, suffering a rare defeat as white against Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the first round of the Tal Memorial Chess Tournament here.

On what turned out to be a tough day for the world champion, Caruana did everything right after sacrificing a pawn in the middle game and Anand had little clues to better the judgement of the young Italian genius.

World number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway got off to a flying start defeating arch-rival Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to find himself in early lead in the 10-player round-robin tournament.

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