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Win for Anand

Wijk Aan Zee: World champion Viswanathan Anand scored an emphatic victory over world No. 2 Levon Aronian of Armenia to jump to joint lead with two others after the fourth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, here, on Wednesday.

Having gone through a rough patch in the past seven months since winning the world championship last May, this was a big recovery for Anand. The way it came left all chess buffs awestruck.

World No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Russian Sergey Karjakin now share the lead with Anand on three points. Carlsen extended his winning streak at the expense of P. Harikrishna. Karjakin, on the other hand, was lucky to escape with a draw against American Hikaru Nakamura.

After a lull in the first three rounds, the day produced five decisive games. Italian Fabiano Caruana defeated Ivan Sokolov of The Netherlands. 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. (PTI)