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Anand back at 2nd

Monte Carlo: World Cup champion Viswanathan Anand scored a 1.5-0.5 victory over Vassily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine to regain the joint second spot after the fourth round of the 12th Amber Blindfold and Rapid chess tournament here.

Hungarian GM Peter Leko maintained his sole lead after drawing 1-1 with top seed Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. Leko has 5.5 points and is a half point adrift of nearest rivals Anand, Kramnik, Boris Gelfand of Israel and Alexander Morozevich of Russia.

Anandís win came in the rapid game after he drew the blindfold earlier in the day. The full point took Anand to joint lead in the rapid section along with Morozevich and his compatriot Evgeny Bareev, all having three points from four games.

Kramnik maintained his stronghold in the blindfold and leads with 3.5 points. (PTI)

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