World Champion Viswanathan Anand's hunt for an elusive victory continued as he was held by the former challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia for a draw in the fourth round of London Chess Classic here today. Another draw statistically mean that Anand hasn't won for 17 classical games in a row, including four matches in the last World Championship, the Final Masters tournament where he finished winless and three games in the Classic here.
Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen of Norway zoomed ahead of the field with a sparkling victory over Gawain Jones of England. With his third win in four games, Carlsen shot in to sole lead with 10 points in the soccer-like scoring system here. Anand has slipped to sixth spot with three points coming from his third draw.