Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand needs just one more point to retain the coveted World Chess Championship and will be looking to seal the fate of his opponent Vladimir Kramnik when the engrossing battle resumes tomorrow.
Anand is sitting pretty with a score of 5.5 points after the eighth game on Friday and the pressure will be on his Russian opponent who can hardly afford to commit any mistake at this stage.
Kramnik, who has 2.5 points to his credit, has been taken by surprise by the tactical moves by the Indian ace who appears to have done his home work well for the summit showdown which has generated considerable interest in the chess world.
What strategy Anand will adopt tomorrow remains to be seen but it should not come as a surprise if the Indian Grandmaster comes up with a new trick to unsettle his famed opponent and clinch the issue tomorrow itself in the 12-game world chess championship.
The onus will be on Kramnik to prevent Anand from taking the honour and he will have to come up with something different with black pieces to stay afloat in the championship.
The eighth game between the two stalwarts ended in a 39-move draw from Queen's gambit declined as Anand chose the sharp Vienna variation.
The cat and mouse game that Anand started with Kramnik continued in The 8th game of the match on Friday.
It was the Vienna opening by Anand who played black. Kramnik again took a lot of time whiel Anand blitzed out the opening moves.
Two minor pieces changed hands by the 11th move itself and a couple of moves later, another set of minor pieces were off the board.
It was a typical middle game position where Anand had to find some correct counter active measure and the Indian has had ample of them as the history books on this world championship in future will inform the chess buffs.
There was not much drama in the last game as Kramnik realised his chances were not great. The Russian, on his part did try to make an impression by some optical attacking moves on the king side but Anand was always on his guard and quickly gained control along the central files to maintain the dynamic equilibrium.
A total control on the open queen file ensured that Kramnik had somethings to worry about other than the clock.