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There was a time last year when Anand was not sure whether he would be playing the Candidates. It was his long-time rival Kramnik who urged him to take part in the tournament.

Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa of the Philippines claimed the title edging past GM M.R. Lalith Babu of India on a better tie-break score in the sixth Kolkata Open International chess here on Thursday.

The popular 43-year-old ex-champ may have clinched the victory in Sunday’s pivotal ninth round, when he bested Bulgarian GMVeselin Topalov as both of his main pursuers, Aronian and former Russian world champ Vladimir Kramnik, lost. Anand is the only player in the field yet to lose a game.

With 2.5 points out of 3 games, let’s find out if Anand is on his way back to the World Championship.

G-Star RAW Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign - Forward. (by GStarRawTV)

Why can’t be just stop politics and start playing chess once again?

It seems like Carlsen can’t keep up in the rapid time control.

It’s official. Wesley So is in the Top 20 in the world, currently at No. 18 in the February 2014 FIDE Ratings List

On track to breaching his goal of Elo 2750 this year