Anand favourite against Wely

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Joint leader Viswanathan Anand starts favourite against Dutchman Leok van Wely in the ninth round of ongoing Corus international chess tournament.

Anand favourite against Wely

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Joint leader Viswanathan Anand starts favourite against Dutchman Leok van Wely in the ninth round of ongoing Corus international chess tournament now underway here. Looking for a record fifth title, the Indian, on 5.5 points from eight games in the category-19 round-robin event, shares the lead with World champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and will have the benefit of white pieces in three of the remaining five rounds. The first big tournament of the year will resume on Wednesday after the second rest day. World's youngest ever Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine is third with 5 points while Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, Boris Gelfand of Israel and Briton Michael Adams are on his heels with 4.5 points to their credit. Seventh spot is held by Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands along with Hungarian Peter Leko and World cup winner Levon Aronian of Armenia on 3.5 points. In the 'B' group being held simultaneously, Koneru Humpy has done quite well so far given her last but one seeding in the tournament. She is on 4 points after eight games. Norwegian talent Magnus Carlsen maintained his sole lead in this group on 6.5 points and looks a clear favourite for the title. He is followed by followed by David Navara of the Czech Republic, Alexander Motylev of Russia and Giovanni Vescovi of Brazil, all of whom have 5.5 points. Humpy stands joint seventh and faces Carlsen in the next round. (PTI)



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