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Amber chess tournament: Anand beats Van Wely

With this 1.5-.5 win, Anand is in second place in the combined standing, just half-a-point behind Alexander Morozevich (10.5).

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 13:48 IST

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw in the blindfold game even though the Indian wizard got the better of Loek Van Wely's defence in rapid to maintain his second spot in the combined table after eight rounds of the 15th Amber Chess Tournament here.

With this 1.5-.5 win, Anand is in second place in the combined standing, just half-a-point behind Alexander Morozevich (10.5).

The Indian is fourth in the blindfold table with four points even though he is full 1.5 points ahead of Morozevich at the top in rapid.

Playing with black, the Dutch Grandmaster surprised Anand when he opted for the Rubinstein Variation of the French Defence in the blindfold game. In his 11th move, Van Wely offered a pawn but Anand declined, for that would have handed the initiative to black.

Van Wely tried another move on his 19th with an exchange sacrifice but soon he was in two minds and in the end, the Dutchman had some torrid moments before he secured a draw.

In the rapid game, Anand pounced on the momentary "blindness" of his rival and eked out a win with brilliant end game.

Anand was clearly in a better position and there was threat that the black could isolate one of his rooks but he ignored that and Van Welys ploy fell flat on its face. The Dutchman was then struggling and Anand showed his technical superiority to clinch a win. Standing after round VIII:

Blindfold:

1.Alexander Morozevich (6.5); 2.Peter Leko, Francisco Vallejo (5); 4.Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Grischuk (4.5); 6.Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Veselin Topalov, Loek Van Wely (3.5); 10. Levon Aronian, Peter Heine Nielsen (3); 12.Vassily Ivanchuk (2.5). Rapid:

1. Viswanathan Anand (6); 2. Alexander Morozevich (4.5); 4. Levon Aronian, Boris Gelfand, Veselin Topalov, Loek Van Wely (4); 8. Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Peter Heine Nielsen, Peter Svidler (3.5); 12. Peter Leko (3).

Combine:

1. Alexander Morozevich (11); 2. Viswanathan Anand(10.5); 3. Francisco Vallejo (9.5); 8. Alexander Grischuk, Peter Leko (8); 6. Boris Gelfand, Veselin Topalov, Loek Van Wely (7.5); 9. Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler (7); Peter Heine Nielsen (6.