Morelia:World Champion Viswanathan Anand has bounced back in the Morelia-Linares tournament but it is still a tough road ahead for him as he meets Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan in the fourth round after the first rest day.
Starting off with a fine victory with black pieces against Alexei Shirov of Spain, Anand suffered a rare loss with white pieces against Levon Aronian of Armenia but was quick to outplay Magnus Carlsen in the third round.
The Indian ace on two points, now stands sole second behind Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria (2.5) with 11 rounds still to come in the unique tournament that is played in two parts; first here and later at Lianres in Spain.
It was classical stuff from Anand against Carlsen and it revived memories of his excellent performance here last year when he was a runaway winner.
Interestingly, Anand had lost to Aronian in the last year's edition too and had beaten Carlsen in both the games in this double round-robin category-21 tournament.
After his victory over Carlsen at Corus and in the third round here, Anand's four wins with two draws in classical play against Carlsen have people talking about former World Champion Mikhail Tal's initial +4 against Bobby Fischer.