Anand loses to Ivanchuk, slips to overall 3rd position

World Champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a major defeat at the hands of Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine to slip to the third position after the sixth round in the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament here.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 21:41 PM IST

Monaco: World Champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a major defeat at the hands of Vassily Ivanchuk of
Ukraine to slip to the third position after the sixth round
in the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament here.

The Indian ace went down in the rapid game with black
pieces after drawing the blindfold affair.

By virtue of the 0.5-1.5 defeat against Ivanchuk, Anand
lost his second place in the combined standings to Magnus
Carlsen.

However, it turned out to be a nail-biting day that began
on a sombre note as all the six blindfold games ended in draws
while rapid version witnessed results.

Overnight leader Levon Aronian of Armenia also suffered
his first defeat in the event after he was floored by Russian
Alexander Grischuk in the rapid game.

However, the Armenian still remained at the top of the
table in the combined standings on 8.5 points, a full point
ahead of Carlsen.

Anand slipped to the joint third spot on seven points
with Grischhuk as five more rounds or 10 games still remain in
this unique event with one blindfold and one rapid game in
each round.

In the blindfold section, the lead positions remained
unchanged and Aronian remains at the helm with 4.5 points in
his kitty. Anand, Carlsen and Boris Gelfand of Israel share
the second spot here on 3.5 points each.

In the rapid section, Carlsen emerged as the new sole
leader following the demolition of Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
The Norwegian has 4.5 points while Aronian shares the second
spot a half point adrift.

Anand and Grischuk are joint third here too with 3.5
points apiece.

Anand and Ivanchuk exchanged ideas in a complex Ruy Lopez
in their blindfold game where the former played white.

The Indian managed to keep the initiative and Ivanchuk,
who celebrated his 42nd birthday today, had good reason to
fear that his party was going to be spoilt.

Anand would have been a healthy pawn up but for an error
on the 37th move that allowed Ivanchuk to claw back. The
Ukrainian was even a bit better towards the end, but after 49
moves the game was drawn.

PTI