Kramnik no match for Anand

Viswanathan Anand beat Vladimir Kramnik in the fourth round of the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
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Viswanathan Anand has proved who rules the chess world in absence of Russian Garry Kasparov. He registered a clinical victory against Vladimir Kramnik in the fourth round of the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament here. Anand with an inimitable 7/7 score maintained his all-win record in the tournament and appeared unstoppable in his quest for his fourth Amber chess title here. The victory also helped Anand stretch his lead to a phenomenal 2.5 points against his nearest rivals -- Hungarian Peter Leko, Russian Alexander Morozevich and Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk. They were on joint second spot in the unique tournament with 4.5 points apiece. The trio could have boasted about their score which was very good after the intriguing fourth round but for Anand's extra ordinary heroics in the tournament so far. Sole lead Besides, the win also helped Anand in securing the sole lead in the blindfold section as well where Kramnik had been giving him company so far. The Indian stalwart had a full point lead in the blindfold as well as in rapid section of the tournament. Anand will later take on Kramnik in the rapid game with black pieces. Anand, with white pieces, was a class act in the Petroff defence game in which Kramnik failed to get what was expected from him. In the last event, Kramnik had emerged as the undisputed king of the blindfold chess and here too he was thus far giving Anand a run for his money. However, as the dust subsided after Anand's rather simplified choice of opening variation, Kramnik proved no match and after subsequent exchanges found himself in a lost endgame. It took Anand 52 moves to force resignation. (PTI)