Anand crushes Leko

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Viswanathan Anand scored a thumping victory against Peter Leko of Hungary in the World Chess Championship in San Luis.

Anand crushes Leko

San Luis:

Viswanathan Anand scored a thumping victory against Peter Leko of Hungary and caught Peter Svidler of Russia on second spot after the 12th round in the World Chess Championship in San Luis. The second victory on the trot also helped Anand move closer to championship leader Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria after the latter took a quick draw as white against Svidler. The other two games of the day also ended in draws with Michael Adams of England signing peace with Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekisan and Russian Alexander Morozevich failing to breach the solid defenses of Hungarian Judit Polgar. With only two rounds remaining after the final rest day today in the one million dollar event, it appears that Topalov (9 points) has decided to take things easy. The Bulgarian is now just two draws away from the World championship title. Close contention Anand and Svidler are tied second at this stage with 7.5 points apiece and the race for the second spot is likely to heat up in the remaining rounds. A very distant fourth is Alexander Morozevich who is on 6 points and Leko and Kasimdzhanov hold the fifth spot together on 5 points apiece. Adams is next in line on 4.5 while Polgar is at the bottom of the list with 3.5 points. Theoretically, Anand can still catch up with Topalov but for that the Bulgarian must lose at least one of the last two games and draw the other while Anand will have to beat Morozevich and Svidler in the last two rounds. (PTI)

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