Anand retains Corus title

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

World Rapid champion Viswanathan Anand won his second successive title and fourth overall in the Corus Chess tournament with a quick draw against Sokolov.

Anand retains Corus title

Wijk Aan Zee:

World Rapid champion Viswanathan Anand won his second successive title and fourth overall in the Corus Chess tournament with a quick draw against local hope Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov in the 13th and final round game. The Indian became the fourth player in the 66 years of Wijk Aan Zee chess history to annex the title four times. Anand had earlier won in 1988, 1998 and 2003. With this win, he joined the list of former World Champion Max Euwe who won in 1940, 1942, 1952 and 1958; Lajos Portisch, winner in 1965, 1972, 1975 and 1978 and Viktor Kortchnoi (1968, 1971, 1984 and 1987). Anand finished with an overall tally of 8.5 points, same as last year, and his back-to-back victory in this traditional event proved that the Speedy Gonzales is in top form. The Indian genius would also add important ELO points from this event that will take him to number 2 slot in the world rankings ahead of Kramnik and behind top rated Russian Garry Kasparov. The next list is due in April later this year. Not wanting to take any risk after a previous round debacle against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, Anand settled for the draw in just 14 moves with white pieces, well aware that his main contenders had a daunting task at hand as they had to win with black pieces to catch up with him. (PTI)

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