Viswanathan Anand beat veteran Nigel Short to claim to share top spot with Luke McShane of England after Round Four of London Chess Classic on Sunday night.
Anand, who was playing on his birthday, celebrated it in style notching up his second win of the tournament along with two draws.
Englishman McShane had to dig deep against compatriot Michael Adams to draw the game and grab the share of the lead.
The other top draws of the event, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik also secured wins.
Anand and McShane have eight points with three rounds to go in the right-players round robin tournament with Kramnik behind with a point less.
Carlsen is fourth with six points with Short in last position.