Anand, Adams draw first game in 4th round

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand drew comfortably with the black pieces against Grandmaster Alexey Dreev of Russia.

Anand, Adams draw first game in 4th round

Moscow:

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand drew comfortably with the black pieces against Grandmaster Alexey Dreev of Russia, while second seed Michael Adams of England agreed to a draw playing with white pieces against Russian Peter Svidler in the first game of the fourth round of the World Chess Championships here today.Playing black, Anand again employed the Queen's Indian defence, which he used successfully against Tkachiev in the previous round.But Dreev went for one of the safe lines of the system and exchanged the queens on the 8th move giving a clear indication of safety first approach.After the queens got traded, the game lasted only four more moves. Dreev, after making his 12th move, proposed the draw in a level position which was immediately accepted by Anand as the game was over in 30 minutes.In the reverse game on Wednesday, after the rest day tomorrow, Anand will have the advantage of white pieces and is likely to go all out for a victory.This was Anand's second match against Dreev in the World Championships. The previous one was in Chennai in 1991 where Anand outclassed him by a 4.5-1.5 margin. Third seed GM Alexander Morozevich of Russia suffered a shocking defeat against GM Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine. It was a good day for the Ukrainians as GM Vassily Ivanchul, playing white, put it across GM Ye Ziangchuan of China in a finely crafted game. (PTI)



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