Anand, Ganguly give India 2-0 lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Viswanathan Anand and Surya Shekhar Ganguly won their respective boards to give India a 2-0 lead over Canada in the 11th round of the 36th Chess Olympiad.

Anand, Ganguly give India 2-0 lead

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Viswanathan Anand and Surya Shekhar Ganguly won their respective boards to give India a 2-0 lead over Canada in the 11th round of the 36th Chess Olympiad here at Gran Casino today. World Rapid Champion Anand accounted for Pascal Charbonneau while Ganguly proved just too strong for Igor Zugic. The other two games involving the Indians were still in progress. The Indians were certainly the big favourites against Canada and the two victories were just an attestation of that. After two straight losses against Russia and Cuba, India desperately needed a big win in the match against Canada. Playing white, Anand was sitting pretty with a huge positional advantage when Charbonneau just crumbled under pressure. Starting off with the Petroff defence, the Canadian did not face any major surprise in the opening but at the same time his preparation did not prove up to the mark. With excellent deployment of forces Anand ensured that even the exchange of pieces at regular intervals by black was not sufficient to equalise. (PTI)



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