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Anand in second spot

Monaco: World Champion Viswanathan Anand jumped to the joint second spot after signing peace with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fifth round of the 20th and final edition of the Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament here on Thursday.

Anand, who had three victories in the first four rounds, was stopped by a determined Karjakin and though the Indian ace had a promising position in the rapid game of the day, the Russian fought hard.

Anand improved his tournament position even as Levon Aronian of Armenia broke away from the field with a handsome 2-0 victory over Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan.

The results: Round 5: Blindfold: Sergey Karjakin (Rus) drew with V. Anand (Ind); Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) bt Magnus Carlsen (Nor); Vugar Gashimov (Aze) lost to Levon Aronian (Arm); Veselin Topalov (Bul) bt Alexander Grischuk (Rus); Anish Giri (Ned) bt Hikaru Nakamura (USA); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) lost to Boris Gelfand (Isr); Rapid: Karjakin drew with Anand; Carlsen lost to Ivanchuk; Aronian bt Gashimov; Grischuk drew with Topalov; Nakamura drew with Giri; Gelfand lost to Kramnik.

Combined standings after Round 5: 1. Aronian 8; 2. Anand 6.5; 3. Carlsen 6; 4. Grischuk 5.5; 5-6 Karjakin, Topalov 5; 7-8 Gelfand, Nakamura 4.5; 9-10 Gashimov, Ivanchuk 4 each; 11-12 Giri, Kramnik 3.5 . — PTI

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