Anand enters Corsica Open semifinal

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand came a step closer to claiming his third Corsica Open title in a row when he defeated Arthur Yusupov of Germany to enter th

Bastia, France:

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand came a step closer to claiming his third Corsica Open title in a row when he defeated Arthur Yusupov of Germany to enter the last four stage of the tournament being held in Bastia, France. Anand, who successfully defended his World Cup title in Hyderabad recently, won 1.5-.5 in the two-mini-match to move into the semifinals. Anand, the two-time World Cup winner and former FIDE world champion, used his black pieces to perfection to beat Yusupov in the second game after both the players were forced to split points on the opening board. The first game, which was a French defence with Winawer variation, saw Anand with white pieces trying hard to force a result. But once Yusupov captured his advanced pawn, the players agreed for a draw after 53 moves. In the final game, Yusupov opted for the Queen's pawn opening. On the 27th move Anand got back the pawn he had given earlier and then the queens were exchanged on the 29th move. Soon after, Anand slowly gained advantage and won space by winning a pawn and then extended his advantage into a winning position. Unable to force his way back into the game, the German surrendered after 59 moves. (PTI)

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