Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Anish has been very active in online events over the past months. And with success! He won the Mr. Dodgy Invitational Blitz KO, beating David Navara in the final (7-2) and in the very strong Chessable Masters (Rapid), Anish made it to the final as well (beating Grischuk (quarterfinals) and Nepomniachtchi (semifinals), and winning his qualification group convincingly (1st place). However, in the final World Champion Magnus Carlsen was too strong (2-0 in sets), although Anish missed several chances to force at least an extra set.
In the Chess24 Legends Tournament, Anish ended 3rd in a very strong field, qualifying for the semifinals (together with Nepomniachtchi, Svidler and Carlsen). In a thrilling and fascinating semifinal, Anish eventually lost a very close match to Ian Nepomniachtchi with 2-1 in sets. The tournament was won by Magnus Carslen, who impressively won all his matches in this prestigious event.
Anish played several other events as well, some online simuls, some bullet chess, some banter blitz. Doing so, he clearly improved his Rapid- and Blitz play in the period that there were no over-the-board-tournaments.
And not only was he very active as an online player, moreover Anish started his new YouTube Channel, with over 50.000 subscribers and many followers in a few weeks time. It once again proved how popular Anish is on the social media.
See this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Zs0DGUuenE23tObR50jJQ
Meanwhile Anish is patiently waiting to come back in over-the-board tournaments.