Anand needs just one point to retain title
Indian Grand Master Viswanathan Anand needs just one more point to retain the coveted World Chess Championship and will be looking to seal the fate of his opponent Vladimir Kramnik when the engrossing battle resumes on Sunday.
Anand is sitting pretty with a score of 5.5 points after the eighth game on Friday and the pressure will be on his Russian opponent who can hardly afford to commit any mistake at this stage.
Kramnik, who has 2.5 points to his credit, has been taken by surprise by the tactical moves by the Indian ace who appears to have done his home work well for the summit showdown which has generated considerable interest in the chess world.
What strategy Anand will adopt tomorrow remains to be seen but it should not come as a surprise if the Indian Grandmaster comes up with a new trick to unsettle his famed opponent and clinch the issue tomorrow itself in the 12-game world chess championship.
The onus will be on Kramnik to prevent Anand from taking the honour and he will have to come up with something different with black pieces to stay afloat in the championship.
The eighth game between the two stalwarts ended in a 39-move draw from Queen's gambit declined as Anand chose the sharp Vienna variation.