Morelia, Mexico: Viswanathan Anand beat Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and jumped into joint lead along side Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine after the end of the third round of Morelia-Linares chess tournament. The victory was especially sweet for Anand as it came with black pieces. After two draws in the first two game, the Indian took his tally to two points out of a possible three and is expected to come firing on all cylinders in the next round game against Russian Alexander Morozevich. Following the course of the first two days, there was only one decisive game in the third round as well as the other three duels ended in draws in contrasting fashion. Top seed Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria could do little against well-prepared Peter Leko of Hungary, Ivcanchuk had little to worry against Peter Svidler of Russia while defending champion Levon Aronian of Armenia could not find as many holes as he might have liked in a wild game against Morozevich. Anand and Ivanchuk have two points apiece and Leko, Svidler, Aronian and Carlsen follow them a half point behind. Topalov and Morozevich are sharing the last spot in the category-20 event with 11 rounds still remaining. Classical Anand Anand was in his element against Carlsen who had been quite impressive thus far in the event. The Indian ace restored faith in the Semi Slav defense with his black pieces and equalised quite easily after Carlsen went for a harmless variation. The game took a decisive turn after the trade of queen on the 17th move as Anand got a miniscule advantage that remained to be nurtured. It was here that Anand came out with his best technique, slowly paralysing white's forces and forcing Carlsen to part with one pawn soon after the rook and opposite colour Bishop endgame was reached. The complexities remained but Anand made it all look too simple once on top. The game lasted 40 moves. Aronian-Morozevich was clearly the pick of the day apart from Anand's game as both fought out a tactical battle arising out of a Queen's gambit declined. Playing black, Aronian got two dangerous looking passed pawns on the queen after the dust subsided but Morozevich was quite on target with his counter active measures. Aronian eventually had to part with a piece but the position was already a draw. Dull affair Leko played the Queen's Indian defense against Topalov and it was quite a dull affair as the former got a balanced endgame and exchanged pieces at regular intervals to net a drawn opposite colour Bishops endgame. Topalov continued for a while but soon realised the fortress by Leko was impregnable. Peace was signed in 39 moves. Ivanchuk opted for the Petroff defense against Svidler who played with white pieces. After the normal theoretical manoeuvres were blitzed out in the opening, Svidler came up with slightly better prospects after trading the queens but this one never really left the boundary of a draw. Subsequent exchanges led to a rook and pawns endgame and the players split the point after 53 moves.
Topics : Chess