Leon chess: Anand held by Dominguez

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a hard fought draw with Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez in the 3rd round of the 22nd Ciudad de Leon chess.

updated: February 22, 2009 16:14 IST
  • Total Shares

Linares (Spain):

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a hard fought draw with Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez of Cuba in the third round of the 22nd Ciudad de Leon chess tournament on Sunday.

Taking his tally to 1.5 points out of a possible three, the Indian ace remained in the joint third spot in the eight-players double round-robin tournament.

The standings remained the same as the other games of the third round were also hard fought draws.

Grandmaster Levon Aronian of Armenia and Alexander Grischuk of Russia remained in joint lead with two points after drawing with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine respectively.

Wang Yue played a solid game to hold Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fourth game of the day.

Anand shares the third spot along side Dominguez, Carlsen and Ivanchuk while Radjabov and Wang Yue are currently at the bottom of the tables with one point each.

Eleven more rounds remain in the traditional tournament that carries a total prize pool of euro 3,14,000 with euro 1,00,000 reserved for the winner.

Playing the black side of a Sicilian Nazdorf, Anand faced the English attack from Dominguez but defedned his citadel well.

The pieces got exchanged at regular intervals and the players arrived at a rook and minor piece endgame with balance remaining intact.

Anand created his counter play on the king side and the position became exciting for a short period with both players having two passed pawns on different flank.

However, parity was soon restored by Dominguez as he sacrificed a pawn to reach a safe haven. The draw was agreed to in 41 moves.

Aronian and Radjabov were locked in an interesting queen pawn game where the former played white. Taking the initiative early in the middle game Aronian tried to press along the king side but Radjabov was good with his defense.

The queens got traded on the 24th move and the result of the game was not in much doubt thereafter. It took 42 moves before the players shook hands.

Magnus Carlsen failed to break the ice against Wang Yue and decided against any unwarranted risk. Yue won a pawn in the endgame but the position remained difficult to convert. The peace was signed after 57 moves vide repetition.

Ivanchuk and Grischuk were involved in a long theoretical discussion in the Queen's Indian defense and the Ukrainian pressed for a long time after attaining a slight advantage. Grischuk had to work hard over the board and was suitably rewarded with a half point in the longest game of the day.

Lenier Dominguez (Cub, 1.5) drew with V Anand (Ind, 1.5); Levon Aronian (Arm, 2) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 1); Wang Yue (Chn, 1) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 1): Vassily Ivanchuk (IUkr, 1.5) drew with Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 2).

The moves: Lenier Dominguez v/s V Anand 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. f3 h5 10. O-O-O Be7 11. Kb1 b5 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Nb6 14. Bxb6 Qxb6 15. Na5 Rc8 16. Nc6 Nxd5 17. Nxe7 Nxe7 18. Qxd6 Qxd6 19. Rxd6 Nc6 20. Rd2 Ke7 21. Bd3 Rhd8 22. Rhd1 g6 23. a4 Rb8 24. axb5 axb5 25. Be4 Rxd2 26.

Rxd2 Nd4 27. b4 f5 28. Bd3 h4 29. c3 Ne6 30. Bf1 Nf4 31. Kc2 Kf6 32. g3 hxg3 33. hxg3 Nh5 34. Rd5 Nxg3 35. Bxb5 e4 36. fxe4 Nxe4 37. Bd3 g5 38. Bxe4 fxe4 39. Kd2 g4 40. Ke3 Rc8 41. Kf4.