Anand takes lead in second round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Viswanathan Anand has emerged the sole leader in his group at the second round of the preliminaries at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand played an attacking game against Russian champion Peter Svidler to emerge the sole leader in his group after the second round of the preliminaries of the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess here. After a none-too-eventful first round draw, Anand won the first game in style giving a fine display of positional sense. The Indian stalwart, with 1.5 points, is now followed by Grandmaster Sergei Rublevski of Russia and GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany who both have 1 point each while Svidler is at the end of the tables with just half point in two games. Anand was at his positional best in getting the better of Svidler, who fell prey to finely disguised manoeuvres. It was an English attack against the Sicilian defence wherein Svidler lost a pawn and was forced in to a lost rook and pawns endgame. Anand won in 53 moves. Other matches In the other group, both games ended in draws leaving all the four players, Russian Braingames champion Vladimir Kramnik, Hungarian Peter Leko, Ukrainian Sergey Karjakin and defending champion Viktor Bologan of Moldova in joint lead. In the preliminaries there are four more games to come after which top two from each group will advance to the semifinals while the remaining will battle it out for 5-8 places. The event is being played under on double round-robin basis and eight players have been divided into two groups of four. (PTI)

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