Anand takes top spot

The Indian chess master cashed in his chances with black pieces and the victory gave him the top ranking in live ratings as Carlsen, who arrived here as the number one chess player, is losing important rating points now.

After the victory over Carlsen, Anand, with one win and one draw, is two points behind the Russian Vladimir Kramnik, who is in sole lead on six points after defeating Alexei Shirov of Spain in the category-22 tournament that has a football like scoring system.

Shirov is long-way third with just one point that he earned after drawing with Anand in the opener. Surprisingly, Magnus Carlsen is in the cellar and yet to open his account with four rounds still to play.

Results (after round two): Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 0) lt to Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 4); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 6) bt Alexei Shirov (Esp, 1).

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