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Anand remains the sole leader

Khanty Mansiysk: Viswanathan Anand remained in sole lead with a third straight draw, signing peace with Russian Sergey Karjakin in the sixth round of Candidates chess tournament here on Wednesday.

After scoring two victories in the first three rounds itself, Anand did not get many chances for the third day running even as Karjakin had to work hard for the half point.

It turned out to be another high-tension round in the Candidates that will select the challenger to Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the next World Championship match later this year.

Bulgarian Veselin Topalov defeated second seed Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in a fine display, while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan put it across Peter Svidler of Russia to announce his arrival as a contender in the tournament.

If this was not enough, top seed Levon Aronian of Armenia spoiled all the hard work of the first few hours and mishandled a winning position to let Russian Dmitry Andreikin off the hook with a draw. (agencies)