Chess Candidates Round 13 as it happened: Anand vs Karjakin

Viswanathan Anand, who is unbeaten in 12 rounds at the Chess Candidates, takes on Sergey Karjakin in the penultimate round of the tournament which will decide who takes on Magnus Carlsen for the world title later in the year. Follow the match on the live chessboard below.

Preview: As he approaches the big game against Russia's Sergey Karjakin, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand would aim to carry forward his good from into the crucial 13th and penultimate round of the Candidates Chess tournament tomorrow.

The oldest competitor in the fray, Anand has thus far outlasted everyone else.

The Indian's tryst with destiny to win the Candidates and earn the right to challenge tormentor Magnus Carlsen is well on track.

Anand and Karjakin. FIDE

Anand and Karjakin. FIDE


And Karjakin is one last hurdle that Anand faces with black pieces before he has a white game against Peter Svidler of Russia in the final round.

With 7.5 points in his bag from the first 12-rounds of this double round robin event, Anand has a full point lead over top seed Levon Aronian of Armenia who has 6.5 points.

Karjakin and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan are the other two in contention with six points each while the other four players - Russian trio of Vladimir Kramnik, Dmitry Andreikin and Svidler and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria have an identical 5.5 points.

The one point lead for Anand is effectively 1.5 points lead as he beat Aronian 1.5-0.5 in their personal encounter.

The tournament rules specify that in case of a tie for the top spot, the personal encounter between the tied players will be the first consideration to resolve the tie. (PTI)

Updated Date: Mar 29, 2014 21:19 PM

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