Anand begins in style

Anand begins in style

Anand Begins In Style. Five times world champion Anand, who turned 44 on Wednesday

London: Viswanathan Anand put behind the disappointment of the world championship loss and started his campaign by turning the tables on England's Luke McShane and later drew with another Englishman Michael Adams in the preliminaries of the London Classic.

Five times world champion Anand, who turned 44 on Wednesday, did well to beat McShane who is known as the world's strongest amateur. Anand then followed it up with an easy draw against Adams to share the lead with the latter.

With four rounds still to come in the prelims, Anand and Adams have an identical four points apiece from two games under the soccer-like scoring system in place.
McShane is not far behind on three points, while Andrei Istratescu of France is yet to open his account.
With 16 players taking part this year, the Classic is divided into four groups and the top two from each group will reach the knockout stage after a double round robin.
Having made a good start, Anand is almost sure to find himself in the knockout stage reserved for top two finishers in each group.
Anand started the day as black against McShane and opted for the Caro Kann defense.
Results round 2: Group A: Anand drew with Adams; McShane beat Istratescu. Group B: Svidler drew with Sadler; Kramnik beat Rowson. Group C: Polgar lost to Nakamura; Gelfand beat Jones. Group D: Howell beat Sutovsky; Short lost to Caruana. Standings after two rounds: Group A: 1-2 Anand, Adams (4 each); 3 McShane (3); 4 Istratescu (0). Group B: 1 Kramnik (6); 2 Rowson (3); 3-4 Svidler, Sadler (1 each). Group C: 1 Gelfand (6); 2 Nakamura (4); 3 Jones (1) 4 Polgar (0). Group D: 1 Caruana (6); 2 Howell (4); 3 Short (1); 4 Sutovsky (0).
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