Lucky Anand ends draw jinx


Having drawn the first nine games in Group ‘A’, Anand yet again tried hard to be back on his winning ways but missed a simple tactic which might have seen him on the receiving end.
Shirov then landed in a lost position which the Indian ace converted without much ado.

Results (round ): Group A: Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 5.5) bt Alexei Shirov (Esp, 6.5); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 7) drew Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 5.5); Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 5.5) lt to Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 6.5); Leinier Dominguez (Cub, 5.5) drew Hikaru Nakamura (US, 5.5); Peter Leko (Hun, 5) drew Nigel Short (Eng, 3.5); Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 3.5) drew Loek van Wely (Ned, 3.5); Sergey Tiviakov (Ned, 4) bt Jan Smeets (Ned, 2.5). Group B: Erwin l’Ami (Ned, 6.5) drew Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Rom, 3.5); Dimitri Reinderman (Ned, 3.5) bt P Harikrishna (Ind, 5); Ni Hua (Chn, 6.5) drew Parimarjan Negi (Ind, 5.5); Emil Sutovsky (Isr, 4.5) drew Varuzhan Akobian (US, 2.5); Tomi Nyback (Fin, 3) lt to Wesley So (Phi, 6); Anish Giri (Ned, 7) drew Arkadij Naiditsch (Ger, 6); David Howell (Eng, 5) drew Anna Muzychuk (Slo, 4.5). Group C: Soumya Swaminathan (Ind, 3) bt Nils Grandelius (Swe, 5.5); Abhijeet Gupta (Ind, 5.5) lt to Kjetil Lie (Nor, 5); Ray Robson (US, 6) lt to Robin van Kampen (Ned, 6); Robin Swinkels (Ned, 6) lt to Li Chao (Chn, 7.5); Mariya Muzychuk (Ukr, 4) bt Sjoerd Plukkel (Ned, 1.5); Stefan Kuipers (Ned, 4.5) bt Daniele Vocaturo (Ita, 6); Peng Zhaoqin (Ned, 5) lt to Benjamin Bok (Ned, 4.5).

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