Mumbai: Chess master Viswanathan Anand suffered his second consecutive defeat, taking on world No.1 Magnus Carlson in the final of the 24th round online tournament of $ 150,000 chess.
The former world champion retained the Norwegian ace in three matches of the best-of-four competition before slipping to 1.5–2.5 in the final game late on Wednesday.
Indian ace is making his first appearance on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.
He went down by a similar margin to Peter Svidler of Russia in the opening round. He takes on another former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in the third round.
Anand is back after participating in the Online Nations Cup in May.
Carlson is in joint leadership with veteran Israeli Boris Gelfand and Svidler. All have six points after two wins.
Chess Legends is a unique event where the semifinalists of Carlsen, Liren, Nepomaniacchi, and Giri, Chess Masters (part of the Magnus Carlson Tour), received an automatic invitation.
They are against six veterans in the 40–52 age group, who have topped world chess at various points in their careers.
The tournament is part of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The winner of this event will qualify for the USD 300,000 Grand Final scheduled from August 9 to 20