Anand settles for a draw with Adams

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Michael Adams of England in the 10th round of the World Chess Championship in San Luis.

Anand settles for a draw with Adams

San Luis:

Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Michael Adams of England in the 10th round of the World Chess Championship in San Luis. Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria missed out on some easy winning chances before letting Alexander Morozevich slip from his claws but nevertheless took another big step forward for his World title after settling for a draw. In the other games of the 10th round Peter Leko of Hungary drew with Peter Svidler of Russia while Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan scored over now-firmly-in-the-cellar Judit Polgar of Hungary. From a sporting point of view the World championship is almost over as Veselin Topalov maintained his two points lead over Svidler after the draw. Close race Perhaps the bigger question is who will finish second as the race is quite close with Anand and Morozevich just a half point behind second-placed Svidler. Topalov is now on 8 points and needs just four draws in the remaining four games to be crowned the World champion. The statisticians have it that even 1.5 or perhaps 1 might be enough for the Bulgarian to win the event but in that case he will need some favourable results on the other boards. Svidler on 6 points is followed by Anand and Morozevich on 5.5 while Leko and Kasimdzhanov are another full point adrift on just 4.5 points. Michael Adams is next in line on 3.5 and Judit Polgar's nightmarish run keeping her at the bottom of the tables on just 2.5 in the million dollars championship. (PTI)

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