India’s Vishwanathan Anand is slowly emerging as the person eligible to challenge the present world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen. The Candidates Chess tournament currently underway at Russia has Vishy at the top spot with six points in the ninth round with still five games to go.
Anand beat Bulgaria’s Veselin Topolov, earning the third win of the tournament so far. In other games, the top seed Levon Aronian was in for a shock as he was beat by Mamedyarov, while Karjakin beat fellow Russian, another strong contender of the tourney, Vladimir Kramnik. Another match was drawn.
In the points tally, Anand is at the top spot with six points, Aronian at five, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov are at 4.5, Andreikin, Svidler are jointly at 4, Topalov at the bottom with 3.5. The winner of the tourney will face Magnus Carlsen, the present world champion in November.