Anand moves into final

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

World Rapid Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand maintained his successful run to book a berth in the final of Corsica Masters Rapid tourney.

Bastia:

World Rapid Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand maintained his successful run to book a berth in the final of Corsica Masters Rapid tourney. He defeated French hope Grandmaster Etienne Bacrot 2-0 in the semi-finals. Anand, in line for his fifth straight title, will take on Russian Sergei Rublevsky in the final. This euro 100,000 prize money tournament comes right on the heels of the biennial Chess Olympiad in Spain. Anand, leading the Indian team from the top board, had signed off with a fine performance and headed straight to Bastia, where he has been the champion for the last four years. Showing no signs of fatigue from the Olympiad, Anand scored a fine victory with black pieces in the first game, employing Ruy Lopez. Taking an iron grip in the mini match, Anand won the reverse game with white pieces rather comfortably. Bacrot tried out the 2b6 in the Sicilian, but Anand took the centre early and his knight sacrifice in the 17th turn split the black territory. The Frenchman obliged immediately, blundering his queen for two minor pieces in the very next move. Making his moves in double quick time, Anand gave his rook for a centralised knight and completed a 2-0 victory by 30th move. (PTI)

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