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I had three misses: Anand

By Rakesh Rao

NEW DELHI, FEB. 5. Viswanathan Anand may have missed by a whisker an opportunity to become the first to win the coveted Corus chess title for a fifth time. But Anand took heart from the fact that he could come back "from the very end and was able to jump to the top" before fell short of champion Peter Leko by half a point.

Anand was looking for a hat-trick of triumphs in the 14-player event where eight of the top-10 players of the world took part. Anand performed above over his rating of 2786, posted hat-trick of victories midway through the gruelling event and eventually gained a few rating points. For the record, Leko won with 8.5 points while Anand came second with eight.

In replies to the questions posed by The Hindu, Anand said, "it would have been nice to win (the event), at least for the record books, but Leko, I think made the least mistakes and hence won."

Anand, who suffered a rare loss with white pieces to Leko, pointed to the "three misses" that he had during the 13-round event. "The game against Leko was a one-move blunder. Against (Peter Svidler) I came very close to winning but somehow was not able to convert it to a full point. In the game against Loek van Wely, (gain of) three pawns were an optical delight. I found some complicated moves and Wely was able to hold after that. If had made half a point in any of these matches, of course I would have been in clear contention for first place," said Anand.

He rated his match against former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov as "extremely good" and the one against Alexander Morozevich as a "very exciting one." Finally, beating Michael Adams (in the penultimate round) gave Anand "a lot of satisfaction since he hardly ever loses."

About the last round, where Anand needed to win black pieces against last-man Ivan Sokolov but eventually drew, he said, "Sokolov was having a tough event but with white, he is quite dangerous. I thought to myself, `I just want to play a nice game keeping my chances. If he plays for a draw, well there is nothing much I can do.' I won a pawn but in winning it, I was saddled with a `bad' bishop and never managed to overcome that."

Asked about young sensation Parimarjan Negi who took part in the concurrently played Corus `C', Anand said, "I think Parimarjan played very well. This was his first international event and I am sure he gained a lot of experience. He is a very calm and composed and that I think is a very good quality. I am sure the event helped Parimarjan get a lot of recognition in the world chess arena."

Looking ahead to another premier event in Linares, slated for later this month, Anand said it was very different from Wijk aan Zee (venue of Corus event). "Linares is a very narrow field (of seven players, playing on a double-round robin format). There is a big difference when you prepare for 13 players and when you do the same against six. In Linares, you tend to be very focussed on your game and your preparation."

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