Anand plays it cool against Leko

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand drew 1-1 against Peter Leko of Hungary in the eighth round of Amber Blindfold and Rapid chess tournament.

Anand plays it cool against Leko

Monaco:

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand drew 1-1 against Peter Leko of Hungary in the eighth round of Amber Blindfold and Rapid chess tournament here today. After the loss against Alexander Morozevich in the previous round, Anand did not try hard ahead of the second and final rest day tomorrow, and as a result, both the games combined had just 40 moves in all. Top seeded Vladimir Kramnik's winning streak continued as he shot into sole lead defeating Loek Van Wely of Netherlands in the blindfold game. At the time of going to press, the rapid game between the two was still on with equal chances. After the 8th round blindfold, Kramnik has accumulated 10 points in his kitty and is followed by Leko and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine who both have 9.5 points apiece. Russians Evgeny Bareev, Morozevich and Anand are next in line with 9 points each but both Bareev and Morozevich have an extra game in hand that will mostly propel them a little ahead of Anand. Anand was obviously taken aback by the disaster that cost him two points against Morozevich in the previous round. Playing black in the blindfold, the Indian went for a well-analysed variation in the Sicilian Paulsen and comfortably equalized against Leko to draw in 23 moves. In the return game, Anand played white and opted for the Sicilian Rossolimo that failed to yield anything impressive. After some routine manoeuvring, Leko had a level position on board and Anand settled for the peace on move 17th. (PTI)

Topics : Chess
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