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Svidler holds Anand; Carlsen wins

other Updated: May 15, 2013 01:14 IST
AFP
Viswanathan Anand

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw against Russian Peter Svidler, while world number one Magnus Carlsen turned the tables on Sergey Karjakin of Russia for a twist in the tale of Norway Chess 2013 Super Tournament Sandnes (Norway).

After a shocking loss at the hands of American Hikaru Nakamura, Anand played it solid as black and did not have any problems in warding off the challenge of Svidler who played the white side of a Sicilian Najdorf.

Carlsen, after four draws, was in a difficult situation against Karjakin but the Russian missed the thread and allowed a devastating attack on his king to suffer his first defeat after four victories.

In other games of the fifth round, Jon Ludvig Hammer came to the Norwegian party defeating Wang Hao of China. Nakamura split the point with former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, while Azerbaijani Teimour Radjabov did not give scope of any action to Levon Aronian of Armenia.

With four rounds remaining, Karjakin still leads the tournament on four points out of a possible five and he is now trailed by Carlsen and Nakamura a full point behind.

Aronian, Anand, Radjabov and Svidler share the fourth spot on 2.5 points each a half point ahead of Topalov. Wang Hao and Hammer are joint ninth in the 10-player round-robin event having 1.5 points apiece in their kitty.

Paddlers off to a good start

New Delhi: Indian paddlers got off to a good start with Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty winning their respective first rounds matches of the men’s preliminary qualification event at the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris.

Indian women paddlers too had an easy qualification group and they progressed to the preliminary round of the singles event. Mouma Das, K Shamini, Madhurika Patkar and Neha Aggrawal won their respective matches to advance to the round of 128.

In the men’s opening round preliminary encounters, Ghosh defeated Zokhid Kenjaev of Uzbekistan 4-2, Desai blanked Pablo Tabachnik of Argentina 4-0, while Shetty got the better of Gautemala’s Jose Migue Ramirez 4-1, to reach Round of 64 (Prelim).

To enter into the main draw, the paddlers will be required to enter the round of 32. Achantha Sharath Kamal is already in the main draw. Neha Aggarwal routed Neli Shoifer of Israel 4-0 to top her qualification group. Mouma Das defeated Aziza Karieva Tajakistan, while K Shamini eased past Sri Lanka’s Ridhmi Karadanaarachchi 4-0 to qualify from her group.

Devendro, Manoj in team for Cyprus

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar and rising star L Devendro Singh are the prominent faces in an inexperienced 10-member Indian boxing team which left Tuesday to compete in the FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup in Cyprus from May 16 to 19. Close to 100 boxers from 15 countries are expected to participate in the event, where India has sent a team for the first time.