Anand loses to Morozevich in blindfold game
The world champion suffers defeat at the hands of Russia's Morozevich in the blindfold game of the fifth round in Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in Nice, France.other Updated: Mar 20, 2008 21:44 IST
World champion Viswanathan Anand suffered defeat at the hands of Alexander Morozevich of Russia in the blindfold game of the fifth round in Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in Nice.
Anand, who lost his last round rapid game against Peter Leko of Hungary, suffered his second defeat on the trot and remained on 4.5 points out of a possible 9 in the combined standings after a rocking start that saw him in sole lead after round 3.
For the record, this was Anand's third straight loss against Morozevich in a blindfold game since 2006. The Indian star had also lost to the Russian in 2007 and 2006 in the same event when it was held in Monaco.
The event is being played on a round robin basis between 12 players and in each round there is one blindfold and one rapid game.
It was a Slav Defense by Anand that did not get the desired result. Morozevich went for a sharp variation and got an advantage in the middle game thanks to his excellent central control.
The position was already better when Morozevich sacrificed a knight on the 25th move to leave Anand's king in a spot of bother and the latter resigned four moves later.
Anand will look forward to a recovery in the rapid game when he will have white pieces.