Anand crushes Leko, maintains lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Viswanathan Anand struck back with vengeance against Hungarian Peter Leko and won the eighth round contest in the 14th Amber chess tournament.

Anand crushes Leko, maintains lead

Monaco:

Viswanathan Anand struck back with vengeance against Hungarian Peter Leko and won the eighth round contest 1.5-0.5 in the 14th Amber Blindfold and Rapid chess tournament in Monaco. After a wonderful start that fetched him as many as nine points from first 10 games, the Indian ace hit a temporary low against Russians Alexander Morozevich and Evgeny Bareev and could muster just 1.5 points in four games against them. However, with this fine victory against Leko, Anand yet again stamped his authority in this unique event that has a total prize pool of Euro 193250. After the much needed win, Anand took his tally to 12 points out of a possible 16 and maintained his sole lead by a whopping 2.5 points with just three rounds or six games remaining in the 11-player round-robin event that has one blindfold and one rapid game in each round. Ivanchuk follows Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk (9.5 point) was following Anand at this point of time while last year's joint winner Morozevich was placed third with 9 points in his kitty. The fourth place is jointly shared by Leko and Russian duo of Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler all of whom have 8.5 points apiece. In the rapid event, the Indian had a half point lead over Ivanchuk and an improved performance this year in the blindfold saw Anand topping the nearest rivals by a 1.5 points margin. With three more rounds to go, Anand was very well placed to win all the three sections this year. (PTI)

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