Victory eludes Anand yet again

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Viswanathan Anand's attempts to force a victory were thwarted by Russian Grandmaster Peter Svidler.

Victory eludes Anand yet again

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Viswanathan Anand's attempts to force a victory were thwarted by Russian Grandmaster Peter Svidler. He survived a few scares before taking a draw in a hard fought sixth round game of the World Chess Championship here. Veselin Topalov's rampaging form continued as he outwitted world's top woman player Judit Polgar of Hungary to stretch his lead to a whopping 2 points. With his fourth straight and fifth victory overall in just six games, Topalov, currently ranked joint second in the World along with Anand, took another stride towards his maiden world title, taking his tally to an impressive 5.5 points. Anand, for whom it was the third draw in six games, inched up to 3.5 points and remained in joint second spot along with Svidler. Other contenders Defending champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan remained in the fourth spot on 3 points where he is followed by Hungarian Peter Leko. The sixth spot is shared by the remaining three participants -- Polgar, Russian Alexander Morozevich and Brit Michael Adams, all having 2 points apiece. On another uneventful day, barring Topalov's victory, Anand could not do as much he might have liked against Svidler who played the Marshall Gambit, that has been a posing some problems to white in the past few years.(PTI)

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