Baden-Baden: World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a fighting draw with Michael Adams of England in the first round of the Grenke Chess Classic that got underway here.
Fabiano Caruana of Italy emerged as the early leader in the six-player double round-robin tournament with a crushing victory against Georg Meier of Germany. The other all-German affair between Arkadij Naiditsch and Daniel Fridman was drawn without much ado.
Caruana is on one point and is followed by Anand, Adams, Fridman and Naiditsch with half a point apiece while Meier is at the bottom following his first round defeat.
Playing the black side of a closed Ruy Lopez, Anand was never in any trouble and went for an unusual manoeuvre taking his rook to the edge of the board on his 16th turn.
As Adams corroborated after the game, “I found the idea very suspicious. I was completely unable to refute it in anyway but it looked a very funny move.”
Anand, on the other hand, was optimistic about his chances. “For some reasons I started to like the idea and decided that it was worth a punt,” he said in the post-game press conference. (PTI)