Viswanathan Anand fully intends to seriously contend for the World Chess Championship this year. If there was any lingering doubt about that, it should be gone now that Anand has scored a second win in the first three rounds of the Candidates Tournament, defeating Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from the Black side of a Slav. That took Anand up to 2.5/3, giving him the sole lead early in the competition. It was a one-sided affair in which Anand took full advantage of Mamedyarov’s weakened kingside, eventually taking home the point in just 31 moves.

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