With two games still to come in the preliminaries, Viswanathan Anand is sitting pretty on ten points in the 'A' group, two ahead of Michael Adams under the Soccer-like scoring system in place at the London Chess Classic.
Viswanathan Anand leads his group on seven points in three games under the soccer-like scoring system that gives three points for a win and one for a draw. The Indian ace is now followed by Michael Adams of England on five points after he was held to a draw by compatriot Luke McShane.
Five times world champion Anand, who turned 44 on Wednesday, did well to beat McShane who is known as the world's strongest amateur. Anand then followed it up with an easy draw against Adams to share the lead with the latter.
Viswanthan Anand's victory came after some precise calculation and deft maneuvers on his 44th birthday, leaving Luck McShane gasping from a point where he thought he had a chance.
Viswanathan Anand's group has English Grandmasters Luke McShane and Michael Adams apart from Andrei Istratescu of France, who qualified from the open section winning the first four games.
Newly-crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen tells NDTV that he was nervous against Viswanathan Anand but settled down after game No. 3.
Magnus Carlsen beat Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to win his maiden world crown.
Carlsen has dominated the World Chess Federation's list of top players in the last three years, with a top rating of 2,870 points that broke Garry Kasparov's best of 2,851 points achieved in 1999.
Viswanathan Anand was last week defeated by Magnus Carlsen, who clinched the title of chess champion after 10 games in Chennai. Carlsen won three and drew seven, and earned the highest rating of all time with the 6.5-3.5 win.
Referring to Russia's dominance in chess, Anand said the Soviets were famous for including a chessboard along with the bride's wedding trousseau to ensure that the children knew the rules of the game.
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