World champion Viswanathan Anand outsmarted Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway to jump to the joint second spot in the Norway chess 2013 super tournament, here.
The penultimate round victory turned out to be an important one for Anand as it brought him within striking distance of winning the super tournament for which the Indian ace will need a victory against Wang Hao of China in the last round.
Trailing the leader Sergey Karjakin of Russia and second placed world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway and with two rounds to go, Anand comes to the party as both Karjakin and Magnus lost to Peter Svidler of Russia and Wang Hao of China respectively.
The results: Eighth round: V Anand (5) beat Jon Ludvig Hammer (1.5); Magnus Carlsen (5) lost to Wang Hao (3.5); Peter Svidler (4.5) beat Sergey Karjakin (5.5); Veselin Topalov (3.5) drew with Levon Aronian (4.5); Hikaru Nakamura (4.5) beat Teimour Radjabov (2.5). — PTI