CHENNAI: Viswanathan Anand has sealed the Chess Masters Final tournament in Bilbao. The Indian drew with Ukraine’s Ruslan Ponomariov in the fifth round on Friday, to take an unassailable lead in the four-player double round robin event.
With three wins and two draws, Anand has 11 points. World No 2 Levon Aronian has seven. Even if the World No 5 loses to the Armenian in the final round, he will remain clear. This was Anand’s last tournament before the world championship rematch against Norway’s Magnus Carlsen in November in Russia.
The five-time world champ drew with Aronian in the third round. He is the second seed in the Spanish city, followed by World No 32 Ponomariov and No 38 Francisco Vallejo Pons. Anand beat the Spaniard twice, apart from a win and draw against former world champion Ponomariov, who is third with five points. Vallejo Pons is fourth with two. The event awards three points for a win and one for draw.