Anand remains in lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

World No 2 Viswanathan Anand tackled at will Aeroflot open champion Sergei Rublevski of Russia drawing their third round of the preliminaries.

Dortmund:

World No 2 Viswanathan Anand tackled at will Aeroflot open champion Sergei Rublevski of Russia drawing their third round of the preliminaries of the Dortmund Sparkassen chess championship here. Getting an easy draw against a Super GM with black is normally a tough task but the Indian stalwart proved otherwise in his 22 move-contest against Rublevski. Anand, maintaining his half point lead with the draw, is now on two points from three games in this competition being played under new double round-robin format between eight Grandmasters divided into two groups. Top two from each group will qualify for the semifinals stage while the rest have to battle it out for 5-8 places. In the three rounds while most games have been drawn, once again only the 'A' group provided the lone decisive game of the day with Russian Champion Peter Svidler striking against local hope Arkadij Naiditsch. The group 'B' continued to be bloodless for the third day in succession as both the games ended in draws. The group, headed by Braingames champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, now seems to be moving towards the tiebreak stage which will come into effect if two or more players tie for the top two places. All the four players in this group a€" Viktor Bologan of Moldova who drew with Kramnik and Peter Leko who settled for a similar result against teenaged Ukrainian Sergei Karjakin a€" share the lead with an identical scoreline of 1.5 points from three games in this group. (PTI)

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