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Anand beats Carlsen, jumps to No. 1 in live ratings

other Updated: Oct 11, 2010 23:12 IST

World Champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and jumped to top spot in unofficial live ratings after the end of the second round of the ongoing Bilbao Final Masters chess tournament here.

The Indian chess master cashed in his chances with black pieces and the win gave him the top ranking in live ratings as Carlsen, who arrived here as the No. 1 chess player, is losing important rating points now.

After the victory over Carlsen, Anand, with one win and one draw, is just two points behind the Russian Vladimir Kramnik, who is in sole lead on six points after defeating Alexei Shirov of Spain in the category-22 tournament that has a football like scoring system.

Shirov is long-way third with just one point that he earned after drawing with Anand in the opener. Surprisingly, Magnus Carlsen is in the cellar and yet to open his account with four rounds still to come.

He had a forgettable show in the just concluded chess Olympiad and here too his fortune does not seem to be changing after a first round loss against Kramnik.

Playing the black side of a Berlin defence for the second day running, Anand faced the closed Ruy Lopez set up that is in vogue thanks to the efforts of Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia among others.

Anand's home work, however, yet again came good as Carlsen was not able to get anything worthwhile after the opening and once the queens were off the board, the experts predicted a draw as it was difficult for either side to make any great progress.

However, Carlsen had other ideas as he went haywire with his planning.

In the post game conference the G-Star model confessed that he evaluated that after his 31st move 'everything was a dead draw' and thought 'why not make a draw this way'.