Linares, one of the most respected Chess tournaments – equvalent to Grand Slam in tennis, has begun on 18th February 2009.

This is the first tournament for Vishwanathan Anand since he retained his World Championship in 2008 – so it is a major test for him. Already Anand (Elo: 2791) has lost his No. 1 spot to Topalov (2812) – who is ahead of Anand by a whopping 21 points! For super grandmasters that is a great lead…
But Anand is still my favourite. Just look at the following Poll result from http://www.chessvibes.com – most of them are betting on Anand…maybe that is his popularity speaking, and not necessarily his form.
Let’s see what happen…All the best to Vishy Anand!
BTW, another player to watch out for is young Magnus Carlsen – who is already chasing Anand with No. 3 position in FIDE ratings.
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