Anand loses to Kasimdzhanov

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Defending champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov handed Viswanathan Anand a crushing defeat in the fourth round of the World Chess Championship.

Anand loses to Kasimdzhanov

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Defending champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov handed Viswanathan Anand a crushing defeat in the fourth round of the World Chess Championship here. The loss proved quite expensive for Anand as he lost the joint lead to be relegated to third spot in the US$ 1 million prize money event being played on a double round robin basis among eight players. On another eventful day when every game produced a result, Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria made most of his opportunities to grind down Michael Adams of England, emerging as the sole leader with 3.5 points from four games. As a matter of fact, had the Bulgarian not squandered a strong position against Anand in round two, his scoreline would have read an awesome 4/4, something almost unheard of in elite chess circles against such extraordinary opposition in recent times. Russian Peter Svidler made sure Topalov did not get a runaway lead in this 14-round contest with his second straight victory in the event. The modest Russian was a bit lucky to beat compatriot Alexander Morozevich in a topsy-turvy game. Also ending on the winning side was Peter Leko who had it easy against Judit Polgar, his Hungarian compatriot. With Topalov in command, Svidler took his tally to 3 points out of a possible four with Anand at sole third with 2.5 points. Kasimdzhanov improved his situation after beating Anand to stand sole fourth on 2 points while the Hungarian duo of Judit Polgar and Peter Leko are next in line with 1.5 points apiece. Alexander Morozevich and Adams are currently at the bottom of the tables on one point. (PTI)

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