Anand still leader despite draw against Gelfand

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Mexico City, Sep 22: World's numero uno chess player Viswanathan Anand took a pause as he played a very short draw against Israeli Grand Master Boris Gelfand and kept his half a point lead intact in the World Chess Championships here.

In the eighth round yesterday, Gelfand, with white may have entertained some thoughts of upsetting the Indian Grand Master, but there was chance in the Catalan opening, which was soon neutralised by Anand, who has undoubtedly become the sentimental favourite of Mexican chess fans.


In this short 20 moves game, Anand decided to get out of the cramped position (13th move) and to play freely, but he quickly realised that it was not right time as Gelfand kept on developing the pieces and got a small advantage.

But despite of the advantage, there was nothing much for the Israeli Grand Master as well as for Anad, and it eventually prompted both the players to settle for a draw.

Speaking to UNI

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