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    Anand Gets Tough Task Ahead

    18.01.07, Wizk Aan Zee.

    Viswanathan Anand needs to enhance his strike-power in the next four rounds in order to emerge as a title-contender in the on-going Corus chess tournament at Wijk ann Zee, in the Netherlands.

    Anand ,the only five-time champion in the long history of the competition, Anand currently is on the joint third spot with four others at 2.5 points from four rounds.

    Azerbaijan's Teimour Radjabov leads with 3.5 points, is the sole leader, half a point ahead of top seed Veselin Topalov. He is the only player to have won three rounds so far in the tournament.

    Anand is will be playing against Russia 's Peter Svidler, World champion Vladimir Kramnik, Radjabov and Topalov in the next four rounds. The results of these crucial games might well decide the course of Anand's campaign for a sixth title.

    In the past, too, Anand has gained the momentum after slow starts. So far, Anand has not looked in any serious trouble. He is expected to accelerate his scoring once the title-race reaches the final quarters.

    Negi in Second Spot

    In Group `C', Parimarjan Negi of India has been impressive so far. Seeded four, the 13-year-old shares the second spot at 2.5 points with four other players.

    Pairings Fifth Round:

    Group `A': Anand-Svidler; Karjakin-Motylev; Shirov-Wely; Tiviakov-Topalov; Navara-Radjabov Ponomariov-Kramnik; Aronian-Carlsen.

    Group `C': Kosintseva-Willemze; Krasenkow-Parimarjan;Wiel-Brynell; Berg-Spoelman; Bosboom-Yifan; Jonkman-Nepomniachtchi; Haastert-Peng