Anand crushes Kramnik, takes lead in world chess final

October 18th, 2008 - 1:21 am ICT by IANS  

Bonn, Oct 17 (IANS) Viswanathan Anand crushed Vladimir Kramnik with black pieces to score the first win of the 12-game World Chess Championship final in Bonn.Anand, who had sized Kramnik up in the first game of the match which was in the Slav Exchange, took apart the Russian in the same opening. He lulled the Russian and then took him out in 41 moves after taking the early initiative.

The Russian also seemed to be running into time trouble as Anand squeezed him in a game, where he was well prepared and went all out in a very aggressive manner. Kramnik did try to fight back, but Anand was always better placed, even though in a disguised manner, making it clear that he had a home preparation designed to deceive his opponent.

The defending champion Anand, now leads 2-1 in the 12-game match, where the first to reach 6.5 will be declared the winner.

Both players will however share equally the prize purse of 1.5 million Euros.

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