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Anand a step closer to title

Khanty Mansiysk: Viswan-athan Anand inched closer to clinching the Candidates chess tournament title after settling for an easy draw against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, in the 11th round.

With just three rounds to go, Anand maintained his full-point lead over nearest rival Levon Aronian of Armenia and with two White games in hand out of the last three, there is little that can go wrong for the Indian.

On what turned out to be a pretty dull day, Russian Peter Svidler played out a draw with Aronian, Dmitry Andreikin signed peace with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov while Sergey Karjakin held his position against Vaselin Topalov of Bulgaria to get half a point.

Anand took his tally to seven points out of a possible 11 and Aronian remained his closest adversary with six points.