Momentum Behind Anand
By Arvind Aaron
Seven of the eight players may have theoretical chances to win the FIDE Candidates Tournament in Moscow. Practically, experience and wins give Anand a great chance to win it again.
Tuesday is a free day and Anand takes on Caruana with the black pieces on Wednesday. Three wins – the most in the event gives Anand a slight edge in case of a tie-break. He had beaten Topalov, Svidler and Aronian.
Anand gets white in the key reverse colour game against joint leader Sergey Karjakin. Anand will have to take one game at a time. The black game with Caruana will also be crucial for Anand.
The Italian born American player had drawn all seven in the first half and started the second half with a win over Nakamura.
IA Werner Stubenvoll of Austria is the chief arbiter. The event is organised by AGON Ltd and FIDE.
Round 9 standings: 1-2. V Anand, S Karjakin 5.5/9 each; 3-4. F Caruana, L Aronian 5 each; 5 A Giri 4.5; 6 P Svidler 4; 7 H Nakamura 3.5; 8 V Topalov 3.