Anand outplays Kramnik, takes lead in world chess final

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Bonn, Oct 18 (UNI) Defending world champion Viswanathan Anand crushed Vladimir Kramnik with black pieces to score the first win of the 12-game World Chess Championship final here.

Anand, who had played Kramnik in the Slav Exchange in the first game of the 12-game match, found himself in the same opening once again. This time, unlike the first draw, the Russian was outwitted by the Indian in 41 moves.

Kramnik also seemed to be in time trouble as Anand squeezed him.

Anand seemed well prepared and went all out in a very aggressive manner. Kramnik did try to fight back, but Anand was always better placed, even though in a disguised manner, which later made it clear that he had a home preparation designed to deceive his opponent.

The defending champion Anand, now leads 2-1 in the 12-game match, where the first to reach 6.5 will be declared the winner.

Both players will, however, share equally the prize purse of 1.5 million Euros.

In the fourth game, Anand will have white pieces and will now try to force the match with another aggressive game.

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