Brilliant Anand moves to last 16

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Viswanathan Anand overpowered GM Vladislav Tkachiev in the 3rd round of World Chess Championships to move into the pre-quarter finals.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Defending champion Viswanathan Anand overpowered Grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev of France in the Rapid tiebreak games in the third round of the World Chess Championship to move into the pre-quarter finals here tonight. Anand was forced into the tiebreaker after Tkachiev took a safety-first approach in the second game of the normal time control as the two-game elimination match ended in a 1-1 draw. "I was just happy to move to the next round so this result, otherwise I would have been looking for checkmate in the second game too," Anand said after passing through his second tie-break in the tournament. "I think the first one was a very high quality game and something to be proud of, I am happy to get rid of Tkachiev who is quite a dangerous opponent in Rapid Chess". In the first game of the tiebreaker, Anand struck with an excellent understanding of the game. It was a Queens Indian defence and Anand voluntarily made his Bishop look worse to get hold of the important open files in the centre. Tkachiev went for a dubious middlegame plan and had to bite the dust. Needing just a draw from the second game, Anand achieved a winning position but was content with a draw. (PTI)

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