Viswanathan Anand beats Frenchman Laurent Fressinet in Round 7 of Russia chess

Anand's challenger in the last World Championship, Boris Gelfand of Israel continued with his impressive run and defeated Ding Liren of China to join overnight leader Maxime Vachier-Lagraev.

updated: April 30, 2013 14:04 IST
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St. Petersburg: Peaking at the right time, world champion Viswanathan Anand scored a facile victory against Laurent Fressinet of France to be joint third after the seventh round of the Alekhine Memorial Chess Tournament in St. Petersburg.

The victory helped Anand take his tally to four points out of a possible seven and the way it came was quite satisfying for the Indian ace.

With just two rounds to come in the 10-player super tournament, Anand has one white game left against Peter Svidler of Russia and a victory in that could well mean his escalation to the top of the standings.

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