Anand draws in final round, retains Morelia-Linares crown

Linares (Spain), Mar 8 (UNI) World Champion Viswanathan Anand retained his crown at the Morelia-Linares tournament after playing out a tame draw against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the 14th and final round.

Anand, who maintained a lead of half-a-point over Magnus Carlsen of Norway, finished the tournament with a total of 8.5 points.

Topalov played the Sicilian Najdorf against Anand, who had white pieces. The Indian, however, played it safe as the game ended in a draw.

Carlsen had a chance to catch up with Anand with a last round win against Radjabov. The Norwegian teenager tried to squeeze a dry pawn up rook endgame, but had to settle for a draw after 30 moves.

Even if Carlsen had won, he would have lost the title to Anand on the tiebreaker.

The other matches in the final round also ended in draws as Levon Aronian of Armenia was held by Peter Leko of Hungary while Alexei Shirov of Spain drew against Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine.

The majority of Morelia-Linares excitement went down in the first half of the event but the tournament will definitely be remembered for it's bloody Mexican half.


Story first published: Saturday, March 8, 2008, 17:08 [IST]
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