Candidates: Anand moves to top spot with win

Viswanathan Anand is back on top of the table at the World Chess Candidates tournament in Moscow, after pulling off another splendid victory against Levon Aronian.

Anand has taken his tally to 5.5 points, to share the lead with Russian Sergey Karjakin.   -  FIDE

He may be the oldest in the field, but Viswanathan Anand is back on top of the table at the World Chess Candidates tournament in Moscow, after pulling off another splendid victory.

In the ninth round on Monday, playing from the white side of an Italian Game, the five-time World champion from Chennai masterly won a rook-and-pawn end-game against Armenia’s Levon Aronian, one of the strongest candidates who had begun the day in joint lead. It was his third win of the tournament; nobody else has won as many.

Anand has taken his tally to 5.5 points, to share the lead with Russian Sergey Karjakin, who drew with Hikaru Nakamura of the United States. Aronian is still very much in the race though, as he is just half-a-point behind the leaders.

The match between Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Peter Svidler ended in a draw, while the one between Anish Giri of the Netherlands and American Fabiano Caruana was still in progress at the time of fling this report.

Tuesday is a rest day.

The results (ninth round): Viswanathan Anand (Ind) bt 5.5 Levon Aronian (Arm) 5; Hikaru Nakamura (US) 3.5 drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus) 5.5; Veselin Topalov (Bul) 3 drew with Peter Svidler (Rus) 4.