Viswanathan Anand crushes Levon Aronian to jump to joint lead

After a little lull in the first three rounds the day produced as many as five decisive games. Italian Fabiano Caruana defeated Ivan Sokolov of Holland, Dutchman Loek van Wely won against compatriot Erwin L’Ami while the all-Chinese duel between Wang Hao and Yifan Hou ended in favour of the former.

updated: January 16, 2013 10:56 IST
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Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands): World Champion Viswanathan Anand scored an emphatic victory over world number two Levon Aronian of Armenia to jump to joint lead with two others after the fourth round of the Tata Steel chess tournament.

Having gone through a rough patch in the past seven months since winning the world championship match last May, this is a big recovery for Anand in the early stages of the first super tournament of the year and the way it came left all chess buffs awestruck.

World number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Russian Sergey Karjakin now share the lead with Anand on three points with the former extending his winning streak at the expense of P Harikrishna while the latter was lucky to escape with a draw against American Hikaru Nakamura.

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