Anand off to a brilliant start at Linares

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Viswanathan Anand announced his arrival at Linares Super Grandmasters Chess tournament with a victory over Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

Anand off to a brilliant start at Linares

Linares:

World Rapid champion Viswanathan Anand announced his arrival at Linares Super Grandmasters Chess tournament with a victory over Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the second round of the 22nd edition of the event. Top rated Gary Kasparov of Russia tried hard to break through the defences of FIDE World champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan but had to settle for a draw in the other keenly contested game of the day. Britain's Michael Adams and Hungarian Peter Leko played out a tame draw. The Category-20, Euros 297,000 prize money event is being played on a double round-robin basis with seven players. As things stand now, Anand, Kasparov, Topalov and Leko share the lead with one point each but Anand's 'plus one' means the Indian ace is effectively in sole lead after playing only one game. 'Plus one' means a player has scored one victory apart from draws in his remaining matches. Anand was simply in his element against Topalov even though the latter was on a high after being in sole lead. Playing white, Anand employed his trademark English attack against the Sicilian Nazdorf and maintained his stronghold right through the game. For the major part of the game, Topalov looked like contesting Anand move for move but once white got a substantial advantage, the Bulgarian proved no match. Anand first pocketed a pawn and later liquidated to an endgame where only he could win. Topalov eventually could not find a way out and ventured into a lost endgame after losing a piece. Anand won after 59 moves. (PTI)



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