Anand held by Vallejo

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

World Cup champion Viswanathan Anand of India played out a draw against Spaniard Francisco Vallejo Pons to maintain his position atop the points tables after th

Anand held by Vallejo

Linares:

World Cup champion Viswanathan Anand of India played out a draw against Spaniard Francisco Vallejo Pons to maintain his position atop the points tables after the second round of the 20th Linares Super Grandmaster Chess tournament.On a day which saw the world's highest rated player Garry Kasparov of Russia suffering a shock defeat against tournament baby Teimous Radjabov of Azerbaijan, world number two and Braingames champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia played sensibly to beat youngest ever World champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine to share the lead with Anand on 1.5 points.Playing black, Anand had his task cut out in the Queen's Indian defence as Vallejo got a slightly better position after the opening.The young Spaniard used his middle game expertise to exert pressure in the center and held a firm control with imaginative deployment of pieces.Anand got his share of counterplay on the queenside as Vallejo initiated a king side attack and sacrificed an exchange on the 28th move to keep the tension on board.Vallejo offered the draw just two moves later which was accepted by Anand.Though many hail Radjabov as a future World Champion but none would have trusted him to strike stupendous form like he did against Kasparov for whom this was a first loss in Linares since 1997.The Russian's no-loss streak in the prestigious event was halted after 62 games. (PTI)



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