Anand Takes An Early Lead In Linares

Anand Takes An Early Lead In Linares

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Feb 19, 2009, 2:50 PM |
29 | Chess Event Coverage

Whilst Topalov and Kamsky have a rest day, the annual super-tournament in Linares kicked off today with the world champion Vishy Anand (pictured) taking an early lead with a first round victory over Teimour Radjabov.

The champ gave an superb demonstration of why Queen and Knight usually work better together than Queen and Bishop.  Classy stuff!

Linares is arguably the strongest and most prestigious chess tournament in the world.  Anand won the event in 2007 and 2008, so it's hard to pick someone to beat him this year, but the competition is red-hot.  The full line-up is:

Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2791
Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 2779
Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2776
Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2761
Levon Aronian (ARM) 2750
Wang Yue (CHN)
2739
Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2733
Leinier Dominguez (CUB) 2717


The other games were drawn, but were not without interest, especially a lively poisoned pawn French Winawer between Dominguez and Grischuk.  All the games can be found below.  Games start at 16:00 CET (10:00 EST) and the official website, featuring live game relays, is here.

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