World champion Viswanathan Anand outplayed Daniel Fridman of Germany and jumped to joint lead after the penultimate round of Grenke Chess Classic here.

Having missed out on a few promising positions,The Indian ace ensured a fine victory and took his tally to 5.5 points.

Anand’s path to lead was aided by overnight leader Fabiano Caruana’s will to fight in a level position against Michael Adams of England.

While Adams turned out victorious after a gruelling battle, Caruana found himself sharing the lead with Anand who finally caught up.

With just one game to go, Adams and Georg Meier of Germany share the third spot with 4.5 points apiece while Arkaditsch Naiditsch, who lost to Meier, is now fifth with four points.

In the final round, Caruana has black pieces against Fridman while Anand will also play as black against Naiditsch.

The results: Ninth round: V Anand (Ind, 5.5) beat Daniel Fridman (Ger, 3); Georg Meier (Ger, 4.5) beat Arkadij Naiditsch (Ger, 4); Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 5.5) lost to Michael Adams (Eng, 4.5). — PTI

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