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Anand to meet Vallejo in Final masters opener

Anand to meet Vallejo in Final masters opener
Back to competitive chess after a gap of four months, World Champion Viswanathan Anand will face Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain in the first  round of the 5th Final Masters 2012, which starts on Monday.

The six-player double round robin will yet again see a very strong field with World number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway starting as the top seed.

World no. 2 Levon Aronian of Armenia, rising star Fabiano Caruana of Italy, Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Pons complete the line-up in this super category tournament. Anand will be playing his first tournament since winning the World Championship for the fifth time in May early this year at Moscow. The Indian ace had beaten Boris Gelfand  of Israel in a tense affair and he must be raring to go after a four-month break.

The event will continue its tradition and like last time, the first half will be played here and then the battle ground will shift to Bilbao in Spain from October 8.

The time control is different as well with 90 minutes allotted for the first 40 moves and sixty minutes for the remaining game with a ten-second increment after every move  is played.
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