Anand loses rapid game, drops out of leadMarch 19th, 2008 - 2:16 pm ICT by admin
Nice (France), March 19 (IANS) Viswanathan Anand suffered his first loss as he was outwitted by Peter Leko in the fifth round rapid game that also saw the Indian slip to fourth, half a point behind the three co-leaders after four rounds of the 17th Melody Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament Tuesday night. Anand managed only half a point from his drawn blindfold game and moved to 45 points, as Vesselin Topalov, Lev Aronian and birthday boy Vassily Ivanchuk moved to five points each and in shared lead. All the three leaders won their mini-matches 1.5-0.5.
Also winning his match was Vladimir Kramnik who beat Alexander Morozevich in blindfold and drew his rapid game.
Anand and Leko first drew in a Caro-Kann main line in which the queens went off the board quickly. White’s structure was better but with Leko’s pieces very active, Anand did not have much of a chance. Anand opted for repetition of moves, which seemed to suggest that he was not averse to a draw and so it was.
In the rapid, where Anand had won two of his last three games, Leko played solidly. He got into an ultra-sharp Perenyi Attack against Anand’s Najdorf.
Anand was well prepared and it seemed equal after 17 moves. But White on his 21st move gained a pawn mobility. A move later, he was even stronger and slowly capitalized on it to get a win as Anand resigned.
Ivanchuk celebrated his 39th birthday while there was also a big cheer for Anand, who had been awarded his third honorary doctorate back in his hometown Chennai.
Since Anand was playing here, his parents collected the honorary doctorate conferred on him by the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University in Chennai.
Results of fourth round:
Gelfand lost to Van Wely; Karjakin drew with Ivanchuk; Aronian drew with Carlsen; Kramnik beat Morozevich; Anand drew with Leko; Mamedyarov lost to Topalov
Van Wely drew with Gelfand; Ivanchuk beat Karjakin; Carlsen lost to Aronian; Morozevich drew with Kramnik; Leko beat Anand; Topalov drew with Mamedyarov
Standings after four rounds:
Topalov, Aronian and Ivanchuk 5 points each;
Anand 4.5 points;
Leko, Carlsen and Kramnik 4 points each;
Van Wely, Mamedyarov and Karjakin 3.5 points each;
Gelfand and Morozevich 3 points each
- Anand held by Morozevic, placed joint second in Moscow meet - Nov 13, 2009
- Anand loses last round, falls to fourth - Nov 15, 2009
- Anand draws with Carlsen in sixth round; drops to second - Nov 12, 2009
- Anand finishes sixth, Aronian wins Melody Amber title - Mar 28, 2008
- Anand beats Leko, joins Kramnik in lead at Tal Memorial chess - Nov 11, 2009
- Anand's 1-1 result against keeps him in second place - Mar 23, 2008
- Anand loses to Aronian, falls to fourth place - Mar 24, 2008
- Chance for Anand to move up in Amber Chess - Mar 25, 2008
- Anand wins one, loses one to Gelfand in Amber chess - Mar 27, 2008
- Anand wins one, loses one, lies second at Amber chess - Mar 21, 2008
- Anand wins rapid game again, stays in joint lead - Mar 17, 2008
- Anand loses to Ivanchuk, slips to seventh spot - Mar 26, 2008
- Anand moves into sole lead at Melody Amber - Mar 18, 2008
- Anand starts with a win over Kramnik in Amber chess - Mar 16, 2008
- Anand faces Moro in fifth round at Amber chess - Mar 20, 2008
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