Sasikiran shocks Anand
in second round
In a major upset, defending champion Vishwanathan Anand of India was shocked by compatriot
Krishnan Sasikiran in a second round league match in the second
World Cup chess tournament in Hyderabad on Friday.
Deviating from the regular openings, the young Chennai Grandmaster surprised Anand by adopting the Reti opening variation and
caught the super Grandmaster, with an ELO rating of over 2700, on the
wrong foot many a time to enforce tactical supremacy and
positional advantage which forced Anand resign after 53 moves.
In other matches of the day, Koneru Humpy scored an
emphatic victory over D Stepovia of Russia while Indians
Bhagyashri Thipsey, Swati Ghate and S Vijaylaxmi lost their
After his maiden victory over Anand, and perhaps the
greatest victory of his career, an elated Sasikiran said he
benefitted from the errors made by the world champion.
"Anand was very unclear in his pawn sacrifices and he
missed some very simple moves," the 21-year old said.
Another Indian in the fray, Surya Sekhar Ganguly defeated
second seeded Alexander Morozevich of Russia in a Ruy Lopez
Though the Russain tried to rip open Ganguly's
defence he could not succeed and surrendered after getting
himself into a hopeless situation.
Anand, with half a point from two games, now needs to win at least two of his next three
matches to stay in the reckoning.
Playing a rare Petroff defence, Humpy emerged victorious
against Stepovia, who tried to attack her kingside constantly.
However, mid-game manouevres swung the advantage in favour of
Pendyala Harikrishna's prospects of moving to the next round
suffered a serious setback when he lost to Alexander Beliavsky
of Russia. Now, the Andhra Pradesh Grandmaster will have to win
his next three league matches to keep his hopes alive.
Fifteen-year old Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) preaviled
over Wato Kobese of South Africa in a group B game involving
Slav defence to take his points tally to 1.5.
"I had a better positional advantage and employed
tactical play to win the game," said Radjabov.
Brazilian Giovani Vescovi drew with Ivanchuk Vassily of
Ukraine after 50 moves in a rarely placed Scottish opening
In a Group A match, Jing Chuan Ye of China settled for a
quick draw after 11 moves against Macieja Bartilomeij of
Poland while world champion Chinese Chen Zhu, who lost her
opening match against S Meenakshi of India, called truce after
16 moves against compatriot Pin Wang.
Meenakshi also drew against Arathie Ramaswami to take her
points tally to 1.5.
Day 1: Meenakshi beats world champ; Anand splits point