Leko shocks Anand as Armenia fights back

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Hungarian Grandmaster Peter Leko.

Leko shocks Anand as Armenia fights back

Moscow:

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Hungarian Grandmaster Peter Leko in the fifth and penultimate round of Armenia versus Rest of the World chess contest. Smbat Lputian also struck back firmly to help Armenia stage a remarkable recovery in the closing stages of the match.The match is being organised to celebrate the 75th Birth Anniversary of late Armenian World Champion Tigran Petrosian. Team Armenia eventually coasted home to a 4-2 victory, their first so far in the six-game match, and narrowed World's lead down to two points. With just one more round of six games remaining in the Scheveningen event, the World team is still the favourite to win. The scores now stand at 16-14 in favour of the World. After five straight black victories, it was the turn of the first player to do the damage and coming out triumphs was Leko who played an energy-filled end game to put it across Anand. Playing the white side of a Sicilian Tiamanov, Leko opted for the structure akin to the English attack and ensured himself a better end game after the queens got traded very early in the middle game. Anand's game plan did not succeed in the later stages even as pieces got exchanged at regular intervals and the players arrived at rook and pawns end game with equal strength. (PTI)



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