Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has moved a step closer to retaining the World Chess Championship after playing out a draw with Vladimir kramnik in the ninth game of the event.
The result ensures that Anand maintains his three-point lead over the Russian Grandmaster and needs one more draw or a point to claim the World crown. He is currently enjoying a 6-3 lead over Russian Grandmaster.
Interestingly, except Garry Kasparov in 1985, no classical world champion has defeated his opponent in the last game to claim winning points.
The World Chess Championship is taking place from October 14 – November 2, 2008 in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn.
The match consists of twelve games, played under classical time controls: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.
The prize fund is 1.5 million Euro (approximately $2.35 million), including taxes and FIDE license fees, and is split equally between the players.