Khanty Mansiysk (Russia): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand continued his fine form and crashed through the defences of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan to notch up his second successive win in the Candidates Chess tournament here.
Not many experts had given Anand a chance here after he lost the world championship match against Magnus Carlsen of Norway last November. However, the 'Tiger from Madras' has not only proved his critics wrong but has also emerged as a serious contender even though it is still early days in the 14-round tournament.
With 2.5 points in his kitty from the first three games, Anand is likely to be joined by Peter Svidler of Russia in the lead. Svidler enjoyed a commanding position against compatriot Vladimir Kramnik in their match. The other two games in the eight-player double round robin tournament ended in draws.