The victory of Team India over Bangladesh in WT20 and Anand's victory over Karjakin in round 11 of candidates had the entire nation jubilant. However, for chess fans, the joy was short-lived as Anand found his nemisis in GM Hikaru Nakamura in round 12 to lose in just 26 moves from the Black-side of English Opening. In fact, Anand was caught in a fantastic home preparation of Nak and landed in a hopeless position in the opening stage itself. You can replay the game below.

This loss coupled with Karjakin win over Topalov sees the change of guard at the top with Karjakin and Caruna in the lead followed by Anand. With just two rounds remaining, we see an uphill task for Anand to become the challenger once again to Magnus Carlsen - he needs to win both his games (with White against Anish Giri in round 13 and Black against Svidler in Round 14). Do not be surprised if you see the great Anand coming out with all guns blazing!

 

 Photo Credit: World Chess

 

[Event "Candidates 2016"]
[Site "Moscow, Russia"]
[Date "2016.03.25"]
[Round "12.2"]
[White "Nakamura Hikaru (USA)"]
[Black "Anand Viswanathan (IND)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A29"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2016.03.11"]