Leko locks Anand in Linares

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Viswanathan Anand's bid to win the 20th Linares Super Grandmasters chess tournament suffered a jolt when he suffered a shock defeat to Hungarian Peter Leko in t

Leko locks Anand in Linares

Linares:

Viswanathan Anand's bid to win the 20th Linares Super Grandmasters chess tournament suffered a jolt when he suffered a shock defeat to Hungarian Peter Leko in the 13th and penultimate round.Anand's loss almost put him out of the race for first place as Leko replaced him as the joint leader alongwith Braingames Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.Both Leko and Kramnik have 6.5 points from their 11 games and will clash against each other in the final round.Anand, who was in joint lead after the 12th round win over Teimour Radjabov, slipped to joint third position with top rated Garry Kasparov of Russia and the two are pitted to meet in a crucial last round game.Anand has not beaten Kasparov in classical chess for over six years but if he can achieve it here the Indian still has a chance to become a joint winner in the event of a draw between Kramnik and Leko. Anand went for the Petroff defence with his black pieces but the 'rock solid' tag of the opening did not live up to expectations. Leko masterminded a new idea that guaranteed him space advantage in the middlegame and exerted pressure on the queenside to get a passed pawn in the centre.Despite having only a queen, rook and pawns on board, Leko maintained his stranglehold. Though Anand gave up a pawn to enter a rook and pawns endgame the Hungarian displayed excellent technique and won with some precise play.Anand conceded his second loss in the tournament after 65 moves. He had lost to Kasparov of Russia in the seventh round. (PTI)



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