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Viswanathan Anand wins Grenke Chess Classic

Baden Baden (Germany), Feb 18 (): Viswanathan Anand outplayed Daniel Fridman of Germany to lift the Grenke Chess Classic trophy and this is first title of this year for the World champion. The World Champion has won his first classical tournament in almost five years after an enthralling final day’s play in Baden-Baden.

Having lost out some promising positions, the Indian ace ensured a fine victory in what turned out to be a nail-biting finish. The much-needed victory for Anand came after a long time and it could serve as a perfect introduction to the World Championship match he is scheduled to play later this year.

The other game of the final round between Michael Adams of England and Georg Meier of Germany ended in a draw. The Indian finished with 6.5 points in all and ended half a point ahead of Caruana. Despite playing solidly for the most part of the tournament, Fridman ended last on 3.5 points.

The game could have ended sooner than 47 moves but Anand mentioned that he wanted to “just sit and hold it tight”. So World Champion Viswanathan Anand remained undefeated and took clear first place at the 2013 GRENKE Chess Classic.

Final standings:

Anand, Viswanathan

IND

2780

Caruana, Fabiano

ITA

2757

6

Adams, Michael

ENG

2725

5

Meier, Georg

GER

2640

5

Naiditsch, Arkadij

GER

2716

4

Fridman, Daniel

GER

2667

The moves: V Anand – D Fridman

1. E4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. D4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. C4 Nb4 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3 Bf5 11. A3 Nxc3 12. Bxc3 Nc6 13. Re1 Re8 14. Cxd5 Qxd5 15. Bf4 Rac8 16. H3 h6 17. Nd2 Na5 18. Bf3 Qd7 19. Ne4 Rcd8 20. Ra2 b6 21. Rae2 Bxa3 22. Bg4 Rf8 23. Bxf5 Qxf5 24. Bxc7 Rd7 25. Be5 f6 26. Ng3 Qe6 27. Qa4 Nc4 28. Bd6 b5 29. Rxe6 bxa4 30. Bxf8 Kxf8 31. Ra1 Bb2 32. Rxa4 Nb6 33. Ra6 Bxc3 34. Nf5 Bb4 35. Re2 Kf7 36. Rea2 Nc8 37. g4 g6 38. Nxh6+ Kg7 39. G5 fxg5 40. Ng4 Rxd4 41. Rc2 Ne7 42. Rxa7 Bd6 43. Kg2 Kf7 44. Re2 Bb4 45. Re5 Bd6 46. Rxg5 Ke6 47. Ra6 black resigned.

 

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