Aronian wins Amber Chess; Anand sixth

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> World champion Viswanathan Anand draws with Israel's Boris Gelfand in the penultimate round of the Amber chess tournament in Nice.

Updated: April 15, 2008 12:02 IST
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World champion Viswanathan Anand's form in rapid chess was found wanting again as he squandered lead against Boris Gelfand of Israel and settled for a 1-1 draw in the 10th and penultimate round of the Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament here.

Anand won the blindfold game showing his depth in reparation but slipped yet again in his favourite Rapid format, giving Gelfand a chance to equalise.

The Indian now stands joint sixth in overall standings with just one round to go and has no chance of winning any title this year.

Levon Aronian of Armenia won the tournament with one round to spare after settling for two draws with Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.

The Armenian took his overall tally to 13.5 points in all and remained 2.5 points ahead of nearest rivals Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, Peter Leko of Hungary, Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Kramnik, who all have 11 points apiece.

Anand stands joint sixth in overall standings now with 10 points along with Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Alexander Morozevich of Russia.

In the blindfold, Morozevich shares the lead with Aronian on 5.5 points while the rapid has also been won by Aronian with a round to spare as he has an unassailable 2 points lead in this section.

It was a slip of a mouse some time back that gave Anand a much-needed victory over Gelfand in the penultimate round of blindfold. While preparing a fashionable variation of the Slav defense, the Indian had put the 21st move by mistake and found that it was indeed the best response.

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