World champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Chinese champion Ding Liren and jumped to sixth spot after the fifth round of the Alekhine Memorial chess tournament at the Louvre here.

Ending the first leg of the tournament on a high, Anand proved too good for Liren, who had earlier beaten world No. 3 Levon Aronian of Armenia in the tournament. It was simply an easy victory that came in quick time.

Local star Maxime Vachier-Lagraev made most of his opportunities against Peter Svidler of Russia to go into sole lead on 3.5 points out of a possible five. Laurent Fressinet of France caused a big upset defeating Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to move to joint second spot.

The battle will now move to St. Petersburg in Russia where the last four games will be played at the Russian museum.

With four rounds to go Fressinet, Aronian, Gelfand and Adams trail the leader with three points apiece while Anand is next with 2.5 points in his kitty.

The results:

Fifth round: V. Anand (Ind, 2.5) bt Ding Liren (Chn, 2): Laurent Fressinet (Fra, 3) bt Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2); Peter Svidler (Rus, 1) lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagraev (Fra, 3.5); Boris Gelfand (Isr, 3) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm, 3); Michael Adams (Eng, 3) drew with Nikita Vituigov (Rus, 2). — PTI

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