Anand draws seventh game, needs 1.5 points to win world title

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Bonn, Germany, Oct 24 (UNI) Defending world champion Viswanathan Anand was unable to make it a hat-trick of wins, but nevertheless moved closer to retaining his world title with a draw in the seventh game that gave him a 5-2 lead over Vladimir Kramnik in the 12-game World Chess championship final here.

With the match moving into the second half, Anand had white for the second game in a row. This is because the games are played in pairs and the regulations switch the day that the players have white in this pair at the half way stage.

Anand now needs just 1.5 points from five games to close the match and win the world title yet again.

Anand has won the third, fifth and sixth games in the 12-game final.

The game opened in the slav defence, and Kramnik played a line which was more safer. Kramnik invited complications and no sooner had he done that, Anand decided he also wanted to fight.

Kramnik slowly began to look confused. By the 15th move, Anand had a little extra space and for the moment Black's knight is not on a great circuit.

Anand playing in a dominating manner, did so once again. Kramnik had to jettison the c pawn for counterplay. This, however, prevented any chances Black (Kramnik) may have had on the kingside.

Ultimately, neither gave way and it looked like a fortress.

The duo finally agreed to split the point after 37 moves.

The prize money is 1.5 million Euro (approximately 2.35 million dollar), including taxes and FIDE license fees, and is split equally between the players.


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