Anand advances to World Chess final

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Defending Champion Viswanathan Anand advanced to the final of the World Chess Cup pipping Russian Grandmaster Alexey Dreev 1.5-0.5 in blitz tie-breaker.

Anand advances to World Chess final

Hyderabad:

Defending Champion Viswanathan Anand advanced to the final of the World Chess Cup pipping Russian Grandmaster Alexey Dreev 1.5-0.5 in blitz tie-breaker here today. Anand will meet GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan in the final who beat Alexander Belyavski of Slovenia in the other semi-final. After splitting points in the first two rounds of the semi-final, the deadlock between Anand and Dreev continued in the rapid round tie-breaker at 1-1 after two games. In the 10-minute blitz round that followed Anand drew the first game before beating Dreev in the second to emrege victorious. Earlier in the day, Grandmaster Koneru Humpy stumbled in the women's semi-final match going down 0.5-1.5 to defending champion Xu Yuhua of China. Yuhua will take on Stefanova Antoneta of Bulgaria, who defeated Svetlana Mateeva of Russia 2-0 in the other semi-final, in the title-clash tomorrow in a repeat of the last edition's final. (PTI)

Topics : Chess
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