Anand gives rousing start to World team

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand led the World team to a scintillating 3.5-2.5 victory in the first match of Armenia v/s Rest of the World.

Anand gives rousing start to World team

Moscow:

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand led the World team to a scintillating 3.5-2.5 victory in the first match of Armenia v/s Rest of the World contest that kicked off here at Hotel Park Ararat yesterday. It turned out to be a very close encounter in the first round of the six-players Scheveningen tournament wherein all the six members of the World team will play one game each against the member of the rival team. In all, 36 games will be played in this unique event being organised to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of late Armenian World Champion Tigran Petrosian. The World team comprises Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler of Russia, Etinne Bacrot of France who was once the youngest Grandmaster of the World, Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain, Loek Van Wely of The Netherlands and Michael Adams of England. Russian Garry Kasparov leads the Armenian challenge that comprises Peter Leko of Hungary, Boris Gelfand of Israel and Armenians Vladimir Akopian, Smbat Lputian and Rafael Vaganian. The first match ended with two victories for the World team, one for Armenia while the remaining three games were drawn. If Anand missed being away from classical chess for long, it did not show in his duel against seasoned Smbat Lputian. The Indian stalwart last played in a classical chess event in January this year when he won the Corus Chess tournament comprehensively and some experts had expected that it might take some time for him to adjust to the conditions. (PTI)



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