Bilbai: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand cashed in on his chances to put it across Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain in the second round of Bilbao Final Masters here.
Anand displayed his technical prowess and had Vallejo off-track with some brilliant ideas in the game and even though it would go down as a blunder by the Spaniard it was clear that the Indian ace plotted it. Maintaining a clean slate after two games, Anand took his tally to six points under the soccer-like scoring system in place here and the Indian will now take on Levon Aronian of Armenia in what seems like an early summit clash in the four-players double round-robin tournament.
With four games still to play, Aronian kept himself in contention with a technical demolition of Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in the only other match of the day. As things stand, Anand on six points is followed by Aronian on four, followed by Vallejo Pons who just has one point to his credit. Ponomariov, who lost to Anand in the opener, is reeling at the bottom yet to open his account.