Chance for Anand to move up in Amber Chess

March 25th, 2008 - 3:33 pm ICT by admin  

Nice (France), March 25 (IANS) India’s Viswanathan Anand will be looking to move up the leader board Tuesday and atone for his eighth round loss in the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament. The loss in the blindfold game Sunday at the hands of leader Lev Aronian of Armenia saw Anand drop from the second spot to be tied fourth with three players. The rapid game between Anand and Aronian was a relatively short affair and both the competitors settled for an easy draw.Aronian tops the leader board with 10 points and is followed by Magnus Carlsen, who moved to second place thanks to a 2-0 rout of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Peter Leko follows in third place, half a point ahead of Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich and Veselin Topalov.

Monday being a rest day might have given some time to Anand to plan his game in the remaining three rounds of the tournament that end Thursday.

In the ninth round to be played Tuesday, Anand will take on Ukranian Vassily Ivanchuk. The Ukranian is eighth and is half a point adrift of Anand.

If Anand manages a win, he will have a good chance to move up the leader board and break free from the pack.

Aronian on the other hand is also geared up to extend his lead and will face Morozevich in the ninth round. With just three round remaining, the ninth round will prove crucial in determining the leader as Aronian is still one point clear of Carlsen. And a good performance in the ninth round will help the Armenian get a grasp on the title.

Standings (combined): 1. Aronian 10.5; 2. Carlsen 9.5; 3. Leko 9;4. Anand, Kramnik, Morozevich, Topalov 8.5; 8. Ivanchuk 8; 9. Karjakin 7; 10. Gelfand, Mamedyarov, Van Wely 6

Standings (blindfold): 1. Morozevich 5.5; 2. Carlsen 5; 3. Aronian, Kramnik, Leko, Topalov 4.5; 7. Anand, Ivanchuk 4; 9. Karjakin 3.5; 10. Van Wely 3; 11. Gelfand, Mamedyarov 2.5

Standings (rapid): 1. Aronian 6; 2. Anand, Carlsen, Leko 4.5; 5. Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Topalov 4; 8. Gelfand, Karjakin, Mamedyarov 3.5; 11. Morozevich, Van Wely 3

Pairings for round IX: Blind: Leko-Karjakin; Morozevich-Aronian; Kramnik-Carlsen; Anand-Ivanchuk; Mamedyarov-Van Wely; Topalov-Gelfand

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

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