World champion Viswanathan Anand made a disappointing start as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Englishman Michael Adams in the first round of the Alekhine Memorial chess tournament here.

The results: First round: V. Anand (Ind) lost to Michael Adams (Eng); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) beat Nikita Vituigov (Rus); Ding Liren (Chn) bt Levon Aronian (Arm); Peter Svidler (Rus) drew with Boris Gelfand (Isr); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) drew with Laurent Fressinet (Fra). — PTI

More In: SPORT | Today's Paper