Anand faces tie-break in third round

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Defending Champion Viswanathan Anand will go through his second tie-breaker in three rounds after playing a draw with Grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev of France in the second game of the third round in the World Chess Championship here today. Having drawn his first round game yesterday, Anand will once again have to go through tiebreak games, to be played later in the day, after coming though the same way in the first round against another Frechman Olivier Touzane. Playing white, Tkachiev opened with the English opening and faced a setup akin to the reverse Rossolimo attack from Anand. It was a safe approach from the Frenchman as he exchanged a couple of minor pieces early in the opening to get a level position. The draw was agreed to in just 13 moves. Grandmaster Alexander Morozevich of Russia became the first to advance to the quarterfinals with a quick draw against GM Mikhail Gurevich of Belgium. Gurevich, who lost his game with the black pieces yesterday had the advantage of white pieces in the reverse game but failed to make use of it. Morozevich opened with the Slav defence and got the game transposed to a Tarrasch defence kind of structure where he got the thematic central breakthrough to equalize comfortably. The game lasted only 19 moves as Gurevich realised it was futile to carry on. GM Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria also advanced to the next round with a fluent victory against GM Zhang Zhong of China. Topalov, white, opted for the sharp English attack in the Sicilian Nazdorf and sacrificed an exchange on the 22nd move to rip open black's king side. Zhang Zhong lost in 30 moves failing to offer a good resistance. GM Boris Gelfand of Israel scored his second successive victory over GM Alexander Delchev of Bulgaria to win the match by 2-0 margin. Playing black, Gelfand capitalised on a middlegame blunder by Delchev to win a rook and the game in just 24 moves. (PTI)