Anand draws with Leko, shares lead with Gelfand

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Mexico City, Sep 20 (UNI) World no1 Viswanathan Anand drew his sixth round game against Hungarian Grandmaster Peter Leko to share the lead with Israel's Boris Gelfand in the World Chess Championship being played here.

After the initial confusion, the pairings of round six and seven were corrected. The reason for the change is that several players were getting many white games in a row.

Following his stunning victory over Svidler in fifth round, Anand went all out for a win despite having black pieces against Peter Leko.

Leko, who has still to register a win in the tournament, started the procedings with white pieces. Anand replied with e5 to Leko's opening of e4 and the game continued on Ruy Lopez variations.

Anand sacrificed a pawn to put pressure on white's center as his unprotected black knights gave white a small advantage.

In the middle game Anand's pieces were more active, but the position looked equal and the game move to a draw. In the end draw was agreed too.

Anand's preparation was good and he had no problems in this game.

Leko's inaccuracy on the 17th move made everything very easy for him for a draw.

Speaking to UNI after his drawn game, Anand said, ''In today's game he (Leko) surprised me a bit in the opening. This is something we did together some 10 years ago. As a senior I had to be careful but it turned out that he also could not remember and it seems it surprised him as well, but the final position is just dead I think.'' Anand will have the advantage of white pieces against Alexander Grischuk in the next round.

In an another decisive game of the sixth round, Boris Gelfand came up triumph against Alexander Morozevich. It was very a very complicated game but somehow Gelfand played a novelty and thereafter the game tilted towards him and in the end Morozevich accepted defeat.

With this win Boris Gelfand joined Viswanathan Anand on the top spot.

Meanwhile, Aronian, after his fifth round defeat against Gelfand, tried to make the most of the white game against Kramnik. He was aggressive, but Russian kept his cool and the game under control.

Aronian opened with d4 and Kramnik replied with Nf6 and later took the game to his favourite Catalan variation. Black tried to conquer space on the queenside but Aronian managed to turn the position in his favour with his last two strong moves, but could not get better of Kramnik.

Thus a draw was agreed too. It was another easy draw with black for Kramnik, who is clearly trying to win only with white.

The Third game played between Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler could not produce a result and ended in a draw.

The only decisive game of the sixth round was played between Boris Gelfand and Alexander Morozevich. It was very a very complicated game but somehow Gelfand played a novelty and thereafter the game tilted towards him and in the end Morozevich accepted defeat.

With this win Boris Gelfand joined Viswanathan Anand on the top spot.

Standing after sixth round: 1-2 Viswanathan Anand , Boris Gelfand (4 points) 3-4 Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk (3.5 points) 5-6 Peter Leko, Levon Aronian (2.5 points) 7-8 Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler (2 points) Pairing of round seven: Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Grischuk Vladimir Kramnik vs Boris Gelfand Peter Svidler vs Levon Aronian Alexander Morozevich vs Peter Leko UNI

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