Anand jumps to 2nd spot after drawn game against Karjakin
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Last Updated: Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:35
Monaco: World Champion Viswanathan Anand jumped to the joint second spot after signing peace with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fifth round of the 20th and final edition of Amber Blindfold and Rapid chess tournament here.

Anand, who had three victories in the first four rounds was stopped by a determined Karjakin and though the Indian ace had a promising position in the rapid game of the day, the Russian fought hard.

It is normally not the case but the two drawn games helped Anand to improve his tournament position even as Levon Aronian of Armenia broke away from the field with a handsome 2-0 victory over Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan.

With six rounds or 12 games still to come in the unique tournament with a 2,27,000 Euros prize pool, Aronian took his tally to an excellent eight points out of a possible 10 while Anand is now sole second on 6.5 points in the combined standings.

Overnight joint leader Magnus Carlsen of Norway fell behind to the third spot following a 0-2 drubbing at the hands of Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Russian Grischuk is now sole fourth with 5.5 points.

Aronian's triumph also helped him to gain sole lead both in the blindfold and rapid section on four points each while Anand is joint second in blindfold along with Boris Gelfand of Israel and Grischuk and shares the same spot in the rapid along with Carlsen.

Formerly from Ukraine, Karjakin now plays for Russia. Having started with a 0-2 loss in the opener Karjakin has fought his way back and in the blindfold game against Anand he just made a quick draw with black pieces.

It was a brief theoretical discussion that ended in a draw after a mere 23 moves. Anand faced a new idea in the Nimzo Indian on move 12. White won a pawn, but despite the activity he could not avoid giving it back as in the end the isolated c-pawn was bound to fall.


First Published: Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:35

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