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Anand to start vs McShane

London: Shrugging off the disappointment of losing the World Championship to Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand is all set to be back in competitive circuit taking part in the prestigious London Chess Classics, which is currently underway here.

Anand, who turned 44 on Wednesday, will like to get back to winning ways in this tournament.

Taking into consideration the match dates, the organising team, led by IM Malcolm Pein, had long made it clear that this year’s ‘Classic’ will not be on traditional lines as they wanted to accommodate both Anand and Carlsen for the tournament.

It was changed to a rapid format with 16-players instead of the normal 9-10 players round-robin tournament, giving options to both Anand and Carlsen to join as per their wish post the World Championship match. Carlsen decided not to play.

The 16-players have been divided into four groups and the winner of each group will proceed for the semi-finals after a double round-robin play-off.

Anand’s group has English Grandmasters Luke McShane and Michael Adams apart from Andrei Istratescu of France, who qualified from the open section winning the first four games.

The Indian legend will start his campaign with black against McShane and will meet Adams later. (PTI)