Anand advances in title hunt

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Viswanathan Anand crashed through the defences of Boris Gelfand of Israel and moved within striking distance of the leading group.

Anand advances in title hunt

Monaco:

Viswanathan Anand crashed through the defences of Boris Gelfand of Israel and moved within striking distance of the leading group after the conclusion of the blindfold section of Amber blindfold and Rapid chess tournament here today. With just one rapid game remaining in this 12-players double round-robin tournament with one rapid and one blindfold game in each round, Russians Alexander Morozevich and Vladimir Kramanik continued to share the lead with 13.5 points in their kitty. Within striking rangeAnand follow the two leaders just a half point behind and has chances of catching up with them if he wins the return game against Gelfand later today. However both Kramnik and Morozevich will have the advantage of playing white in the last game of the tournament and that is the big edge that they have over Anand who will now have to win with black to be in contention for the title. Traditionally the tournament has a history of close contests but this by far looks the closest ever. Victories aboundBoth Kramnik and Morozevich are enjoying joint lead for past few rounds and though the Indian ace was 2 points behind them, he has caught up thanks to two victories against Vassily Ivacnhuk of Ukraine in the previous round and today's win over Gelfand. Morozevich ensured his superiority in the blindfold after attaining an easy draw against compatriot Peter Svidler in just 25 moves from a French defence game. He has gathered 8.5 points out of a possible 11 in this section and was half a point clear of Kramnik who also drew his last blindfold game against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria. (PTI)



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