Kramnik holds Anand with ease; Ganguly scores

After a fine win over Ruslan Ponomariov with black pieces in the tournament opener on Saturday, the Indian ace could not keep the momentum ticking in his favour as Kramnik was well armed and better prepared, and got the draw without any difficulties.

With just one decisive game in the premier group, Anand remained in joint lead along with Jan Smeets of Holland, Hikaru Nakamura of United States and lone winner of the day Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, who defeated Wang Hao of China.

In Group ‘B’, Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly made his presence felt with a clinical display against Jon Ludwig Hammer of Norway.

Results (round II): Group ‘A’: Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 1.5) drew Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 1); Wang Hao (Chn, 0.5) lt to Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 1.5); Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 0.5) drew Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1); Levon Aronian (Arm, 1) drew Hikaru Nakamura (Usa, 1); Alexei Shirov (Esp, 0.5) drew Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 1); Anish Giri (Ned, 1) drew Jan Smeets (Ned, 1.5); Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukr, 0.5) drew Erwin l’Ami (Ned, 1).
Group ‘B’: Laurent Fressinet (Fra, 1) drew Zahar Efimenko (Ukr, 1.5); SS Ganguly (Ind, 1) bt Jon Ludvig Hammer (Nor, 0); Wesley So (Phi, 1) drew Gabriel Sargissian (Arm, 1.5); David Navara (Cze, 1.5) drew Le Quang Liem (Vie, 1); Wouter Spoelman (Ned, 0.5) drew Radek Wojtaszek (Pol, 0.5); Li Chao (Chn, 0.5) lt to Luke McShane (Eng, 1); Vladislav Tkachiev (Fra, 1) drew Friso Nijboer (Ned, 1).
Group ‘C’: Benjamin Bok (Ned, 1) drew Dabiele Vocaturo (Ita, 1.5); Murtas Kazhgaleyev (Kaz, 1) bt Robin van Kampen (Ned, 0); J W de Jong (Ned, 0.5) drew Illya Nyzhnyk (Ukr, 1.5); Mark Bluvshtein (Ned, 1.5) bt Dariusz Swiercz (Pol, 1); Tania Sachdev (Ind, 1) lt to Kateryna Lahno (Ukr, 1.5); Roeland Pruijssers (Ned, 1) drew Ivan Ivanisevic (Srb, 0.5); Mark van der Werf (Ned, 0.5) lt to Sebastian Siebrecht (Ger, 1.5).

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