World champion Viswanathan Anand draws with Peter Leko in ninth round
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Magnus Carlsen defeated former women's world champion
Yifan Hou. The Chinese girl decided to give Carlsen a taste of his own medicine as she went for the Ponziani opening but her efforts to go for wild complexities only proved dubious as Carlsen emerged with an extra pawn after the dust settled.
A shocker on move 33 left Hou to defend a very unpleasant endgame and it was all over in 66 moves. The other Indian in the fray, P Harikrishna enjoyed a good position as black against Sergey Karjakin. It was strange choice by Karjakin in the Berlin defense as white and only Harikrishna was pressing for more. In the m end the Russian had to come up with some precise defense to hold his position together.
Harikrishna is playing above his current rating and is set to become the third Indian to enter the 2700 ELO rating club ever after Anand and Krishnan Sasiiran.
Results round 9: Peter Leko (Hun, 4.5) drew with V Anand (Ind, 6); Yifan Hou (Chn, 2.5) lost to Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 7); Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 5) drew with P Harikrishna (Ind, 5); Ivan Sokolov (Ned, 2.5) lost to Loek Van Wely (Ned, 4.5);] Erwin L'Ami (Ned, 3) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm, 5.5); Hikaru Nakamura (Usa, 5.5) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 3.5);m Wang Hao (Chn, 4) drew with Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 4.5).