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Anand get the better of Giri to finish third

World Champion Viswanathan Anand crashed through the defenses of Dutch youngster Anish Giri and finished third in the combined standings of the 20th and final Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament on Friday.

Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 21:15 PM IST

Monaco: World Champion Viswanathan Anand
crashed through the defenses of Dutch youngster Anish Giri and
finished third in the combined standings of the 20th and final
Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament on Friday.

For the first time in the tournament, Anand won both theblindfold and rapid games making it impossible for his nearest
rivals to breach his second spot in the blindfold and third in
combined standings.

Levon Aronian of Armenia expectantly won the event,
settling for two draws against Russian Sergey Karjakin in the
final round.

Aronian, who enjoyed a full point lead coming into the
final round, had it easy and after Magnus Carlsen went down in
the blindfold game against Boris Gelfand of Israel, the
Armenian was set to win his third Amber title.

Aronian scored 15.5 points and remained a full point
ahead of Carlsen in the overall standings. Anand finished
third on 13 points in the 12-players double round robin event.

The top three were class apart from the rest as fourth
place was shared between Alexander Grischuk of Russia and
Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine who tallied 11 points in all.

Aronian won the blindfold section, which was a mere
formality anyways, finishing 1.5 points more than Anand while
Carlsen won the rapid with a record 9.5 points.

Aronian also got second place in the rapid section while
Anand finished joint third along with Ivanchuk and his last
world championship challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

Anish Giri repeated an opening in his blindfold game
against Anand that his second Loek van Wely had played against
the Indian ace in the 2006 Amber tournament.

Playing the English opening Giri deviated on the 10th
move and introduced his new idea one move later. An
interesting battle developed in which white had space, but an
awkward king and Anand wanting to develop counter play on the
queenside as soon as possible.

Giri went astray on move 20 after which both players
agreed he was essentially lost. White`s position quickly fell
apart and after 27 moves when loss of a rook was imminent,
Giri resigned.

Anand also won the rapid game. It was a Petroff wherein
Anand didn`t go for an impressive set up in his own words...
Giri`s 20th move was a clear mistake. White won a pawn and
when Black missed his last chance to get any play on move 27,
the young Dutchman was fighting a hopeless battle.

Interestingly, Giri ended his Amber the way it had began
for him: a 2-0 loss against eventual winner Aronian.

PTI