Back in form, Anand wins again

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Wijk Aan Zee (Netherlands), Jan 21 (UNI) World Champion Viswanathan Anand registered his second successive win as he beat Bulgarian Veselin Topalov in the 70th Corus Grandmasters chess tournament today.

With this win, Anand moved up to tied fourth place in the elite Group A from the lowly position he occupied after the first few rounds.

The India, who was the only winner in the eighth round, now has 4.5 points and is only one point behind leader Magnus Carlsen.

In Group C, India's Parimarjan Negi beat Chinese-born Dutch player Peng Zhaoqin notching up his fifth win in eight rounds.

Negi, who took 63 moves for the win from Sicilian Paulsen has five points and moved to tied third, one point behind leader Fabiano Caruana from Italy.

In Group B, both Pentala Harikrishna and Koneru Humpy drew their eighth round games. Humpy played a good draw against leader Etienne Bacrot of France in a marathon 123-move game in Queen's Gambit declined.

Hari also went a long way to 66 moves against Erwin L'Ami of Netherlands in Four Knights opening for a draw.

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