Anand to meet Grischuk in Amber chess

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand will take on Russian Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk in the 5th round of Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament.

Monaco:

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand will take on Russian Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk in the 5th round of Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in Monaco. After a rather shaky start that cost him a match against Russian Alexander Morozevich in the first round, Anand seemed to be back to his winning ways in the event he really enjoys. The Indian ace shares the lead with Morozevich on five points after four rounds. He will be looking forward to emulate his last year's performance when he won all the three - blindfold, Rapid and combined - titles at stake in this unique event that features one blindfold and one rapid game in each round. The tournament carries a total prize pool of 216,000 Euros. Tough contest With seven rounds remaining, it will be a close contest as World champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, Hungarian Peter Leko and World cup winner Levon Aronian of Armenia are closely following the two leaders. In the blindfold section, Topalov and Morozevich share the lead on three points after first four games. It is here that Anand will have to concentrate more as he only has a 50 per cent score in this section with just two points. However, what favours Anand is that only Topalov and Morozevich are ahead of him while he is on the joint third spot. A few victories in the rounds to come can still make Anand numero uno in this section too though the Indian will have to work very hard to achieve that. In the rapid section, Anand shares the lead with his San Luis World Championship second Peter Heine Nielsen of Denmark with three points. Boris Gelfand of Israel and Aronian are next in the standings having 2.5 points each. (PTI)

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