Anand claims 10th win at Magistral Ciudad de León, ties with Nadal

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand Beats Jaime Santos Latasa 3-1 to Claim Masters in the City of León

For the 10th time, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand has won the Masters in the City of León, extending his streak to 14 times since starting in 2008. His impressive victory over Jaime Santos Latasa in the final saw Anand take the title, outlasting his opponent with 54 seconds left on the clock in the match.

At the age of 54, Anand continues to exhibit an unmatched level of skill and longevity in his game, a testament to his status as one of the greatest champions of all time. He currently sits in 11th place on the International Chess Federation (FIDE) rankings, while reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen still maintains the top spot since dethroning him in 2013. Anand’s remarkable feats include having been nicknamed ‘The Madras Rapid’ since winning an European tournament at 15.

In the match, Anand clinched the title in the third game. It was a complex scenario that came about after the initial two matches concluded in a draw. A critical decision by Santos left his defense vulnerable, and Anand executed a flawless technique worthy of a world champion, ultimately securing his name alongside the city’s chess tradition in a new chapter of history.

Meanwhile, Jaime Santos Latasa tried valiantly to force the championship by producing a win in the last match to catch up. However, against formidable adversity, Anand responded magnificently, neutralized potential threats and seized the initiative for an overpowering victory on move 49 of 49.

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The tournament’s success is attributed to sponsors the City Council of León, Provincial Council of León, the University of León, Aguas de León and Eulsa.

Masterpiece Record

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bc4 Bc5
4. d3 Nf6
5. Bh4 Be7
6. Bg3 d6
7. a4 0–0
8. h3 a5
9. h4 c6 9…
10. Ne1 Nb4
11. Rh6…

37th Magistral de la Ciudad de León

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