Anand to play for a ninth place finish

Viswanathan Anand beats GM Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaizan in the tiebreak games of 4th round of inaugural FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament in Dubai.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Grandmaster Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaizan in the tiebreak games of the fourth round of the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament here. GM Peter Leko of Hungary made it to the finals defeating former junior World Champion GM Kiril Gerogiev of Bulgaria. Leko will now meet the winner of the tie between GM Alexei Shirov of Spain and GM Alexander Grischuk of Russia in the finals. After a disastrous loss at the hands of Azmaiparashvili in the second round that put him out of contention for title triumph, the Indian GM seems to have struck form. Playing superbly in the tiebreak games, Anand put it across Radjabov, the youngest GM in fray here, twice and will now fight for the ninth place against former World Champion Alexander Khalifman of russia in the next round. In the match between Leko and Georgiev, it was continued deadlock that brought the match to sudden death. Leko, playing white, had five minutes and he had to win the game to advance to the finals which he managed to in the end. (PTI) Results:Semi-finals:
  • Kiril Georgiev (Bul) lost to Peter Leko. 5-8 place:
  • Anatoly Karpov (Rus) beat Veselin Topalov (Bul)
  • Etienne Bacrot (Fra) lost to Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Geo) 9-12 place:
  • Alexey Dreev (Rus) lost to Alexander Khalifman (Rus)
  • Teimour Radjabov (Aze) lost to Viswanathan Anand (Ind).