Anand maintains lead after 13th round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Viswanathan Anand remained in sole lead after the end of the 13th round of the Linares chess tournament.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by tailender Peter Leko of Hungary, but still remained in sole lead after the end of the 13th round of the Morelia-Linares chess tournament. The draw, his eighth in the event so far, took Anand to eight points out of a possible 13 and now the Indian ace is only a draw away from regaining the crown in this category-20 event, which is the strongest tournament of the year. Half-a-point behind, 16-year old Magnus Carlsen of Norway remained within striking distance of Anand after drawing with Russian Peter Svidler. But the fact that the youngest participant in the event will have black against Leko in the final game makes Anand a huge favourite for the crown in this eight-player double round robin event, which started at Morelia in Mexico in mid-February. For the records, Anand meets Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the final round game. The penultimate round was in fact devoid of much excitement and all but one game ended in draw. The lone attraction was a long drawn affair between Alexander Morozevich of Russia and top seed Veselin Topalov that lasted over six hours with the former coming out triumphs from a nearly drawn endgame. As a result of drawn games at the top, Svidler continued to hold the sole third spot on 7 points. A half point adrift are Levon Aronian of Armenia and Morozevich on 6.5 while Ivanchuk is in sixth position on 6 points. Topalov is now seventh on 5.5 points and with just one round to go, Leko is at the bottom of the table having just 5 points in his bag.

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