New Delhi, April 26: World champion Viswanathan Anand returned to the winning ways in a strong fashion as he clinically dismantled the defence of Chinese Ding Liren and moved up to joint sixth spot in the Alekhine memorial chess tournament.
Now Anand, who is at 2.5 points is one point behind leader Maxime Vachier-Lagaraev. Meanwhile Laurent Fressinet of France caused a big upset defeating Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to move to joint second spot.
In other games of the day, Boris Gelfand of Israel drew with Aronian while English Michael Adams could not convert a slightly better endgame against Nikita Vituigov of Russia and achieved the same result.
The battle will now move to St. Petersburg in Russia where the last four games will be played at the Russian museum. With four rounds to go Fressinet, Aronian, Gelfand and Adams trail the leader with three points apiece while Anand is next with 2.5 points in his kitty.
Ding Liren, Vituigov and Kramnik share the seventh spot on two points while a luck-less Peter Svidler remains at the bottom on just one point.
Results round 5: V Anand (Ind, 2.5) beat Ding Liren (Chn, 2): Laurent Fressinet (Fra, 3) beat Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2); Peter Svidler (Rus, 1) lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagraev (Fra, 3.5); Boris Gelfand (Isr, 3) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm, 3); Michael Adams (Eng, 3) drew with Nikita Vituigov (Rus, 2).