Anand Still in Driver's Seat, Just a Draw Away from Title


Bonn, Oct 29: Things may not have shaped up the way he would have wanted in last 24 hours, but Viswanathan Anand is still very much in the driver's seat in the world championship match against Russia's Vladimir Kramnik.

After the 10th game fiasco, Anand will have to keep things under control in his final white game against the Russian as a draw would suffice to retain his world championship title.

After another rest day, the battle will resume on Wednesday.

For the first time in the match yesterday, Kramnik came into reckoning in what had been a one-sided affair so far.

The Russian punished Anand's reckless play in great style and proved his fighting qualities just while everyone thought that the match was over.

It remains to be seen if the loss has jolted Anand way too much. The Indian ace still has a very handy two points lead despite yesterday's loss and is only a draw away from retaining the world championship crown, he won last year at Mexico city.

The win by Kramnik, however, has renewed the interest in the match. There are just two games left under classical time control and the Russian needs to win them both to force a tie-breaker which will have games of shorter duration.

While it still looks unlikely that the tie-breaker will happen, at least the chess buffs, especially Kramnik's supporters, have started talking about it.


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