SPORT

Anand’s progress on expected lines

NEW DELHI: World champion Viswanathan Anand’s inability to post a single victory in eight undefeated outings of Corus chess tournament has been in keeping with the safely-first methods expected from the Indian preparing for the world-title defence in April.

When the action resumes after Monday’s rest day, Anand faces Sergey Tiviakov.

The standings (after eight rounds): Group ‘A’: 1. Alexei Shirov (Esp, 6), 2-3. Magnus Carlsen (Nor), Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) (5.5 each), 4. Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 5); 5-8. Peter Leko (Hun), Leinier Dominguez (Cub), Sergey Karjakin (Rus), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) (4.5 each), 9. Viswanathan Anand (4); 10. Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 3.5); 11-12. Nigel Short (Eng), Sergey Tiviakov (Ned) (2.5 each); 13. Leok van Wely (Ned, 2), 14. Jan Smeets (Ned, 1.5).

Group ‘B’: 1. Anish Giri (Ned, 6.5), 2-4. Ni Hua (Chn), Erwin L’Ami (Ned), Wesley So (Phi) (5 each); 5-7. P. Hari Krishna, David Howell (Eng), Arkadij Naiditsch (Ger) (4.5 each); 8. Parimarjan Negi (4); 9. Emil Sutovsky (Isr, 3.5); 10-12. Tomi Nyback (Fin), Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Rom), Anna Muzychuk (Slo) (3 each); 13. Dimitry Reinderman (Ned, 2.5); 14. Varuzhan Akobian (USA, 2).

Group ‘C’: 1. Ray Robson (USA, 6); 2-3. Abhijeet Gupta, Li Chao (Chn) (5.5 each); 4-5. Daniele Vocaturo (Ita), Robin Swinkels (Ned) (5 each); 6-7. Peng Zhaoqin (Ned), Nils Grandelius (Swe) (4.5 each); 8-9. Kjetils Lie (Nor), Robin van Kampen (Ned) (4 each); 10. Stefan Kuipers (Ned, 3.5); 11. Mariya Muzychuk (Ukr, 3); 12. Benjamin Bok (Ned, 2.5); 13-14. Sjoerd Plukkel (Ned), Soumya Swaminathan (1.5 each).

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