Anand beats Bacrot

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Viswanathan Anand beat Etienne Bacrot of France in the eighth round of Corus International chess tournament.

Anand beats Bacrot

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Viswanathan Anand came back into reckoning for the top honours with a fine victory over Grandmaster Etienne Bacrot of France in the eighth round of Corus International chess tournament. The much-needed victory for Anand came at an appropriate time as the Indian ace joined World Champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, who was held to a draw by Israeli GM Boris Gelfand, in the lead on 5.5 points. Anand had earlier lost the sixth round against Gata Kamsky of United States and drawn the next one rather quickly with Michael Adams of Britain. With five more rounds remaining in the category-19 round-robin tournament after the second rest day slated today, Sergey Karjakin is on the sole third spot on five points while Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, Gelfand and Adams are not far behind on 4.5 points. The seventh spot is held by Loek Van Wely of Holland along with Hungarian Peter Leko and World cup winner Levon Aronian of Armenia who all are on 3.5 points each. In the 'B' group being held simultaneously, Koneru Humpy cruised to a fine victory over Jan Smeets of Holland. Playing the white side of an oft repeated variation of the Semi Slav Humpy came good in all departments of the game and caught her opponent's queen unawares on the queen side to win in 41 moves. (PTI)



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