Anand in sole lead at Linares Chess

March 2nd, 2008 - 2:44 pm ICT by admin  

Linares (Spain), March 2 (IANS) Viswanathan Anand was content to take the cautious route against his nearest rival, 17-year-old Magnus Carlsen in the tenth round of the Morelia-Linares Grandamasters chess tournament. Anand, who beat Carlsen in their first clash in Morelia, now has 6.5 points, half a point clear of Carlsen. All four games Saturday were drawn in the 10th round, as a result of which there was no change in the points table.

The first game to finish was the Anand-Carlsen clash, which was also the most interesting pairing of the round and probably the second stage of the tournament. World Champion Anand had white pieces against Carlsen.

Carlsen employed a sideline of the Sveshnikov Sicilian, and drew with consummate ease, and Anand was content with the result. Anand’s approach allowed easy equalisation and the draw was agreed on move 22.

Anand admitted surprise at Carlsen’s choice of the opening and therefore preferred to simplify the game and avoid any sharp lines.

Ivanchuk drew with Veselin Topalov in a Sicilian Scheveningen. The game never really departed from equality even though Ivanchuk was in one of his regular time trouble episodes. The game simplified down to a knight ending with Topalov a pawn up 3-2 on the kingside he never had any serious chance of converting.

Results: Anand drew with Carlsen; Shirov drew with Leko; Ivanchuk drew with Topalov; Radjabov drew with Aronian

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