Anand’s 1-1 result against keeps him in second place

March 23rd, 2008 - 10:45 am ICT by admin  

Nice (France), March 23 (IANS) Viswanathan Anand lost his first-ever game to young Magnus Carlsen in his own rapid territory as the two drew their mini-match 1-1 in the seventh round of the 17th Blindfold and rapid Chess tournament Saturday. The mixed 1-1 result kept Anand in sole second position. However Lev Aronian beat Vesslin Topalov 1.5-0.5 and increased his lead to a full point with four more rounds to go.

In the overall standings Aronian from Armenia has a total of nine points from 14 games, while world champion Anand is in second place with eight points. Half a point behind are Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko.

Morozevich leads the standings in blindfold with five points from seven games, while Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and Carlsen have four each. Aronian leads the rapid standings with 5.5 points with Leko and Anand second at four each.

Anand won the blindfold game against Carlsen with remarkable ease. The Norwegian tried another Alekhine Defence but ended in a pretty position. The position they reached looked more like a Caro-Kann or a Slav, but not as a favourable version of one of those either.

White had the bishop pair and all Black could do was wait till Anand pushed d5. And once the tactics started they worked for White, who won a piece in return for a couple of feeble pawns. Carlsen was also in time pressure with Anand having 17 minutes to Carlsen’s four. Carlsen (black) finally resigned on the 47th.

The rapid game brought a surprise as Carlsen scored his first ever win over Anand. That win came despite Anand having 16 minutes and Carlsen just one. Carlsen admitted that he had been on unfamiliar ground in the opening and that Anand’s pawn sacrifice gave the Indian reasonable compensation. Anand’s mistake was missing a bishop move that gave White an extra pawn. From there Carlsen played steadily and converted his advantage despite shortage of time.

Alexander Morozevich defended his leading position in the blindfold standings with a win over Vasily Ivanchuk. They then drew the rapid game.

Results: Round 7:

Blind: Morozevich beat Ivanchuk; Kramnik drew with Van Wely; Leko drew with Gelfand; Mamedyarov drew with Karjakin; Topalov drew with Aronian; Anand beat Carlsen

Rapid: Ivanchuk drew with Morozevich; Van Wely drew with Kramnik; Gelfand drew with Leko; Karjakin drew with Mamedyarov; Aronian beat Topalov; Carlsen beat Anand

After Round 7

1. Aronian 9
2. Anand 8
3. Leko, Kramnik and Carlsen 7.5
6. Topalov, Ivanchuk and Morozevich 7
9. Karjakin 6.5
10. Mamedyarov 6
11. Gelfand and Van Wely 5.5

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