World Champion Viswanathan Anand survived some anxious moments in the blindfold game before registering a thumping victory in the rapid to register a clinical 1.5-0.5 victory over Gata Kamsky in the second round of Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in France.
Earlier in the first round, Anand had won the blindfold but went down in rapid against Peter Leko to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Hungarian.
Levon Aronian’s great start in the first round came to a halt immediately as the Armenian dropped his queen and lost to Leko in blindfold.
Aronian, however, struck back in the rapid game to steer the match to a draw and also made sure that he shared the top spot with Russian Alexander Morozevich who scored a 2-0 victory over debutant Wang Yue of China.
With Aronian and Morozevich on three points in the combined standings, Anand and his world championship challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia are in joint third spot having 2.5 points each.