Anand to take on Leko in Dortmund semifinal

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> World Number 2 Viswanathan Anand will take on Peter Leko of Hungary in the semifinals of the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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World Number 2 Viswanathan Anand will take on Peter Leko of Hungary in the semifinals of the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess tournament after a quick draw with Russian champion Peter Svidler helped the Indian to top his group at the end of the preliminary rounds. The semifinals, which begin on Thursday after a rest day, will also see Svidler challenging World No. 3 Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the other semifinal. The rest of the players will battle it out for 5-8 places. Anand, who had already assured his semi berth, ended with a tally of four points from six games to top Group B. Svidler too moved into the last four finishing just half a point behind the Indian Grandmaster. Decisive game In third place was local hope Arkadij Naiditsch who defeated Aeroflot Open champion Sergei Rublevsky of Russia in the lone decisive game of the day under classical time control. As expected the fight for the semifinal spots in Group A was stretched to the tiebreak after another spate of draws. World No. 3 Vladimir Kramnik settled for the truce in just 20 moves with Hungarian Peter Leko while world's youngest GM Sergey Karjakin got the same result against defending champion Viktor Bologan in 25 moves. Though there was not a single decisive game in the preliminaries in Group A, the status quo was maintained as Kramnik eventually finished on top with four points at the end of the tiebreaker. Leko finished second with 3.5 points, Bologan was third on 2.5 and Karjakin fourth on 2.0 points. Peace treaty Anand had little to do with black against Svidler as a draw suited both perfectly to move to the last four stage. For the record both played out 19 moves of a closed Ruy Lopez before signing the peace treaty. Naiditsch scored his first victory in the tournament though a little too late. Rublevsky again went for the Scotch opening and some reckless play enabled Naiditsch to gain the upper hand after some quick exchanges in the middle game. Rublevsky lost a couple of pawns and never recovered. (PTI)

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