Anand held to draw by Kasimdzhanov

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by FIDE World champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan in the fourth round of the 22nd Linares tournament.

Anand held to draw by Kasimdzhanov

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Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by FIDE World champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan in the fourth round of the 22nd Linares Super Grandmasters Chess tournament. In other matches, World championship finalist Michael Adams of England defeated local hope Francisco Pons Vallejo for his first victory and Bulgarian Veselin Topalov split points with Corus champion Peter Leko in a keenly contested game.Topping the chartsAfter four rounds, Anand and Russian Garry Kasparov are at the top of the table on 2.5 points from four games. They are followed by Kasimdzhanov, Topalov, Leko and Adams with 2 points each from as many games. Francisco Pons Vallejo has so far managed just half-a-point from three games. Anand could not get any real advantage with white pieces against Kasimdzhanov who is slowly gaining in reputation here. Right opening When he won the World championship, Kasimdzhanov was not perceived as someone who will give the top players any real competition but so far the Uzbek has shown more promise than many experts anticipated. Playing against the Anti Marshall deployed by Anand, Kasimdzhanov made sure his opening ran right and it took little time thereafter for him to retain equality. Anand did quite well amidst complexities to win a pawn but in the process his own light squared Bishop was imprisoned and Kasimdzhanov made most of it with correct placement of pieces resulting in a balanced endgame. The game lasted just 26 moves. (PTI)



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