India’s Viswanathan Anand regained the sole lead with a sparkling victory over former challenger Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria in the ninth round of Candidates Chess tournament on Sunday.
The hard-earned victory proved crucial for five-time World Champion Anand as he took his tally to a six points out of a possible nine.
The equations went for a toss in the ninth round as Shakhriayar Mamedyarov defeated top seed Levon Aronian of Armenia and Vladimir Kramnik suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Russian teammate Sergey Karjakin.
The other game between Russian duo of Dmitry Andreikin and Peter Svidler ended in a draw.
With five rounds still to come, Anand now enjoys a full point lead over Aronian who remained on five points after the debacle.
Kramnik was joined by Karjakin and Mamedyarov on 4.5 points for joint third spot while Andreikin and Svidler are now joint sixth on four points apiece.
It was Anand’s day all the way. Up against Topalov’s pet Sicilian Najdorf, Anand did not give much away in the opening as white and retained a minuscule advantage.