Viswanathan Anand finally tasted victory after Peter Leko walked into a checkmating net in the first game but a serious blunder in the fourth game left the scores level at 2-2 in the fourth round of chess24 Legends of Chess on Saturday.
A day after running out of time in a superior position in the tie-breaking Armageddon game to Anish Giri, Anand was lucky to win after both players committed a series of mistakes in the closing moments of the game. The second and third games were drawn.
In fact, after three games, only Anand and Ian Nepomniachtchi led 2-1. In an all Russia-clash, Nepomniachtchi led Peter Svidler after winning the third game.
In an up-and-down first game, on the 55th move, Leko was a couple of moves away from forcing a checkmate. But he blundered, allowed Anand a checkmate-in-three and resigned on the 57th move.