Anand finishes second in Tata Chess; Nakamura champion

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011, 19:01 PM IST

Wijk Aan Zee: Five times winner Viswanathan Anand had to be content with a second
place finish following a draw with Ian Nepomniachtchi of
Russia in the 13th and final round of 73rd Tata Steel Chess
tournament here.

The World Champion could draw a big consolation from the
fact that he would be the number one ranked player all over
again as the results here proved that he will be overtaking
world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the next rating
list.

Hikaru Nakamura of United States own the title after
drawing his final round game with Wang hao of China.

For the records, Nakamura tallied 9 points in all, a half
point more than Anand in this category-20 super tournament
between 14-players.

The American not only performed way beyond his rating of
2751 but also finished ahead of the world`s top four ranked
players.

Anand got the better position with his black pieces but
could not find a breakthrough AS Nepomniachtchi simply got an
impregnable position in the endgame arising out of a Sicilian
defense game.

The Indian ace settled for a draw in 37 moves.
"Disappointing," Anand said after the final results were
out.

"When I reached a plus-four score (Four wins and rest
draws), I felt I was well on my way to a final victory but
Hikaru just kept winning, picking up six points in a row,
which was quite amazing.”

"But I`m not unhappy; it`s difficult to be unhappy with a
plus-four score. It`s a pity I didn`t manage to win the
tournament but I think I performed above my rating, which
isn`t bad at all," the World Champion said.

The third place was shared by Magnus Carlsen and Levon
Aronian of Armenia who both scored 8 points apiece. The last
round of the tournament turned out to be a damp with all the
games ending in draws for the first time in the event this
year.

In Group `B` Surya Shekhar Ganguly finished with 5.5
points after drawing quickly with with Vietnam`s Le Quang
Liem. England`s Luke McShane and Czech Republic`s David Navara
tied for the title at 8.5 points and the former won the title
on better tiebreak qualifying for the `A` group of 2012.

Tania Sachdev started out as the lowest ranked player in
the `C` group but her performance was way above expectation.
The Indian finished with 6.5 points in all to finish joint
sixth after losing to Germany`s Sebastian Siebrecht in her
final round game. Italy`s Daniele Vocaturo won the title and a
promotion to the next year`s `B` group with 9 points after
drawing with main rival Illya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine.

PTI