India’s defending champion Viswanathan Anand took the lead Thursday after decisively winning the fourth game of his 12-game match for the world chess title against Bulgarian challenger Veselin Topalov.
He now leads by 2.5-1.5 points in the total score.
The 40-year-old Anand, known as the “Tiger from Madras,” played white and defeated Topalov on the 32rd move.
The Indian has two wins to one for Topalov, while one game ended in a draw.
The fifth game of the 12-round duel between the two is scheduled for Friday.
Anand first became world champion in 2007, successfully defending his title in 2008. He was ranked fourth on the March 2010 ratings list by the FIDE international chess federation.
His Bulgarian challenger, 35-year-old Topalov, is currently ranked number two by FIDE.
The new world chess champion will win a prize of 1.2 million euros (1.58 million dollars), while the loser will take home 800,000 euros.
Chess fans can follow all the games to run until May 13 online at www.anand-topalov.com.
It’s Checkmate for Mount Everest
Around this time last year, Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, was bowled over as British cricket enthusiasts played the first Twenty20 match in its lap, making it the world's highest cricket tourney at 5165m.
And now, it is the turn of the 8,848m peak to be checkmated as chess players from Brunei hold the world's highest chess tourney even higher up.
The Sultanate of Brunei has taken the game of intellect to a new height with the Brunei Chess Federation (BCF) holding the matches at the Everest base camp at 5639m.
An eight-member team from BCF trekked there as part of the Everest Trekking Amal, a charity project intended to support the government's plans to eradicate poverty in the oil-rich nation by 2035.
Launched by the ministry of culture, youth and sport in January, the trek will raise funds for the National Welfare Fund to rebuild or rehabilitate the houses of needy families in Brunei.
The 16-day trek will cover over 120 km in the Everest region and end in the tourney in the lap of Mt Everest.
The games, which started Tuesday, will continue till May 2, unaffected by the nationwide general strike announced by the Maoists from that day.