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Chess champion Anand wins, in joint second place

other Updated: Mar 22, 2009 00:55 IST

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World Champion Viswanathan Anand outclassed Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan 2-0 in the sixth round of the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament.

The victory helped the Indian ace move to the joint second spot, along with his world championship challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia on 7.5 points, in the combined standings. Anand slipped a bit in the blindfold game after attaining a winning position, but soon regained form during his return rapid game.

The blindfold game between Anand and Radjabov could have been a very fine victory for the world champion if the former had not marred his efforts by squandering a winning position and complicating the task. Aronian triumphs

Meanwhile, Levon Aronian of Armenia won the rapid game against Ukrainian Sergey Karjakin to surge ahead in sole lead on 8 points. Anand and Kramnik are now a full point ahead of Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Alexander Morozevich of Russia.

The sixth spot is jointly shared by Gata Kamsky of United States, Peter Leko of Hungary and former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, who all have six points each while Teimour Radjabov is next in line having five points. With five rounds still to come in the unique event, Karjakin and Wang Yue of China share the 10th spot on 4.5 points and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine is at the bottom of the tables on 4 points.