Linares: The clash of the titans ended in a double deadlock as former World Champion Viswanathan Anand drew his second game of the tournament against world's top rated player Garry Kasparov of Russia in the 10th round of the Linares Super Grandmasters Chess Tournament. Kasparov continues to lead the table on five points from eight games and is a half-a-point adrift of World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine from eight games. Anand is third along with Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine on 4.5 points from nine games. The excitement continued in the 10th round which produced two decisive games of the three and the draw between Anand and Kasparov was fought till the last. It was a repetition of the king pawn opening in which Anand faced the Nazdorf Sicilian with white pieces. The Indian opted for the English attack on expected lines and rolled his kingside pawns to gain space. Kasparov on the other hand was up to the task in the ensuing complexities and got his share of counter attack on the queenside with the right deployment of pieces. On his 16th turn, Kasparov struck in the centre advancing a pawn and achieved a dynamic balance. With both kings in the middle off the board in an open position, the game looked poised for an exciting finale but some safety maneuvers by both players ensured a level game.
Topics : Chess