Viswanathan Anand close to World Title

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Bonn, Germany, Oct 27: Viswanathan Anand the World Chess Champion on Sunday, Oct 26 took another step forward to retain the world crown by taking another draw with his opponent Russia's Vladimir Kramnik in the 9th game of the world championship match now drawing to a close in Bonn, Germany.

He retained his 3-points lead following the draw with the white pieces. If he could manage one more draw then he will retain the world champion crown he won in 2007 in Mexico. The score so far is 6-3 in Anand's favour in the 12-games match. As per the rule of the World Championship, the match is as good as over unless Kramnik is able to win the last three remaining games, an almost impossible task.

In the 9th game Anand opened with the Queen pawn for the fifth time in the match. It was a bloody battle as Kramnik decided to give Anand a taste of his own medicine the Semi-Slav's sharp Moscow system. It was after 45 moves the draw was agress where in Anand clearly emerged as the superior player in the match. The 10th game which is scheduled on Monday, Oct 28 is the last chance for Kramnik to make amends in what has been a dramatically one-sided affair so far.

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