Anand draws with Kramnik, moves into sole lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Viswanathan Anand shoots into sole lead with an eventful draw against Braingames Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the 8th round of the 75th Corus Chess to

Anand draws with Kramnik, moves into sole lead

Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands:

Viswanathan Anand shot into sole lead with an eventful draw against Braingames Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the 8th round of the 75th Corus Chess tournament here. The other overnight joint leader GM Loek van Wely of The Netherlands saw his three-game winning streak end with a loss against former world champion Anatoly Karpov of Russia. Van Wely slipped to joint second position along with world's highest rated woman Judit Polgar of Hungary and Russian Alexander Grischuk. The trio trail Anand (5.5) by half a point. Following them another half a point behind is GM Alexei Shirov who lost to Grischuk in a full-bloodied game. In the Grandmaster B tournament, GM Koneru Humpy suffered yet another loss, going down to GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany in spectacular fashion. Humpy is now at the bottom of the table with just five more rounds remaining. GM Zhang Zhong of China consolidated his lead after signing peace with GM Peter Acs of Hungary. Zhang Zhong, 7 points, remained 1.5 points adrift of closest rival Daniel Stellwagen (Ned) who achieved his maiden Grandmaster norm after holding GM Friso Nijboer. For Anand it turned out to be another show where he had to employ his superior defensive skills to thwart his opponent's chances. Kramnik, having already mishandled a couple of promising positions in this event, added another one to his list of "could have been". (PTI)

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