Corus International Chess: Anand thumps Svidler

Viswanathan Anand scores a thumping victory over Russian Grandmaster Peter Svidler in the fifth round.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 13:20 IST

Viswanathan Anand scored a thumping victory over Russian Grandmaster Peter Svidler in the fifth round of the Corus International Chess progress here Thursday.

The Indian ace displayed top form to beat one of his arch-rivals here who is also known to be extremely solid in elite chess circles. The victory propelled Anand to 3.5 points and he now stands joint second behind Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan whose juggernaut continued to roll.

In the 'C' group being held simultaneously, World's youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi played it out safe against top seed Michal Krasenkow of Poland and earned an easy draw.

Negi is now joint third on 3 points in this section that is led by Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia on 4.5 points.

Meanwhile, there seemed no stopping Teimour Radjabov in Group 'A' as he scored his fourth victory in 5 games and stretched his lead to a full point over nearest rival Anand and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

With eight rounds still to come in the category 19 tournament between 14 players, Radjabov has 4.5 points in his kitty.

World Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Levon Aronian of Armenia are next in the standings on 3 points each while a pack of four is next in line on 2.5 points.

The day proved simply excellent for Anand as he won with awesome ease.

First Published: Jan 19, 2007 13:19 IST