Candidates Chess: Anand splits point with Aronian in a game of technical brilliance; stays in lead after Round 2
Playing with black pieces, Viswanathan Anand showcased some excellent bit of opening preparation and drew his game against top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian in Round 2
With his first win in four games, Anand jumped to joint third spot on three points.
Anand needs to quickly move up the points table after a bad start to the tournament. Can he win his first match today?
Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand will find himself in the unfamiliar position of starting as the lowest-ranked player when he takes on a tough field in his first Classical tournament since losing the world title, in the Zurich Challenge at the Savoy.
Following a shock defeat in the previous round against Fabiano Caruana of Italy, Anand looked for sharp play against Gelfand but his efforts were only enough for a draw.
Anand, who won the world championship five times including the latest against Boris Gelfand in Moscow in May this year, says "there is definitely no thought of retirement".
Hitting back at Garry Kasparov, world champion Viswanathan Anand today said the Russian legend's remark about him was nothing but frustration of a player.
Anand received a gold medal, prize money of USD 1.4 million, a memento and a piece of contemporary art displaying him and challenger Boris Gelfand after his world title victory.
The win in the second tie-break game gave the Indian, known as the Rapid King for his lightning fast moves, a huge advantage on his way to retaining his World Championship.
The opening gave white a small advantage and it would have remained so had Anand not gone for unwarranted complications in the middle game. After the win, the momentum now shifts in favour of Gelfand who started as an underdog coming into the match.
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand holds the edge going into the fifth game as white in his World Championship match against Boris Gelfand.