Anand ties with Leko, stays 2nd

  • Press Trust of India, Hindustan Times, Wijk aan zee
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  • Updated: Jan 23, 2013 23:25 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with Grandmaster Peter Leko of Hungary to remain second after the ninth round of the Tata Steel Chess tournament here.

Playing the black side of a Sicilian Najdorf, the Indian ace had little difficulty in maintaining the balance in an age-old variation and drew rather easily to take his tally to six points out of a possible nine.

Norwegian world number one Magnus Carlsen defeated Yifan Hou of China to increase his lead by a full point lead over Anand. The lead position remained unchanged as the only other decisive result came in the all-Dutch duel between Ivan Sokolov and Loek Van Wely wherein the latter attested his supremacy.

Sushil recommended for Padma Bhushan
new delhi: Sushil Kumar couldn't have asked for a better start to the new season after his name was recommended for the Padma Bhushan -- India's third highest civilian honour -- and he said the award is yet another recognition of the hard work he has put in over the years.

Sushil, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win back-to-back individual Olympic medals -- a silver in London after his bronze in Beijing -- said it’s an extremely proud moment for him.

“I indeed feel privileged and honoured at being recommended for this recognition. This award will be another recognition of my hard work and determination,” Sushil told PTI in an interview.


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