Anand crushes Aronian, shares joint lead with Kramnik

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Mexico, Sep 15 (UNI) Putting behind the sedate start of the first day, World number one Viswanathan Anand decimated Levon Aronian of Armenia to share lead with Vladimir Kramnik in the World Championship here.

Anand played with novelty which ultimately decimated Aronian's forte and compelled him to surrender.

Aronian, playing with white, opened the game with d4 and Anand replied with Nf3 and than the game continued with 2 c4 e6, and with his 3rd move of Nf3 Aronian gave Anand three different variations to continue the game either with d5 with Queen's gambit or b6 with Queen's Indian and Bb4 for Bogo Indian Defense and Anand chose to play d5 and continued the game on Queens Gambit Declined lines.

Aronian played on extremely sharp line and tried to provoke the black pawns to vulnerable positions. However, the Indian chess master played a novelty on the 13th move which surprised the fifth - seeded Armenian.

It looked Anand had prepared for this novelty in advance, which surprise made Aronian to be extra careful.

With Nd5, Aronian tried complications, thus giving Anand a lot to think as this gave white a slight edge over black with d6 passed pawn.

Anand played a fast game and it looked like he had increased and swung the pendulum in his favour.

Anand gave a check to the white king on the 36th move with Qc7+ which Aronian somehow averted but the few moves clearly showed that with Re3 position, Anand was winning and after couple of moves brought in Aronian's resignation, a good example of how important theoretical novelties can bring downfall of the opponents in modern Chess.

Anand spoke to UNI immediately after his win: ''I think it was more or less a game which revolved around c5. It is a very interesting idea which we found just here.

''Nielsen suggested it just three days ago. And sometime if you surprise your opponent that is as much as that of playing a lot of good moves because than your opponent has to deal with a lot of problems on the board.'' ''I think he played Nd5 fairly quickly but than he missed the plan of bishope5 or bishop e7 or may be he underestimated the plan'' he added.

Anand, will now take on the challenge of Vladimir Kramnik in the third round of the championship.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Kramnik romped home against his fellow Russian, Alexander Morozevich, who failed to provide any resistance to the former World Champion.

It was an easy victory for both Anand and Kramnik with 1.5 points each in their kitty, to jointly lead the championship.

The remaining two games played between Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler and Peter Leko ended in draws.

In both the games, the players did not want to take any risk and agreed to split points.

Result Round two: 1. Viswanathan Anand beat Levon Aronian 2. Vladimir Kramnik beat Alexander Morozevich 3. Boris Gelfand drew with Alexander Grischuk 4. Peter Svidler drew with Peter Leko Third Round Pairing: Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik Alexander Morozevich vs Peter Svidler Alexander Grischuk vs Levon Aronian Peter Leko vs Boris Gelfand UNI

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