World Champion Viswanathan Anand finds himself in plenty of company while going into the last two rounds of the London Chess Classic.
After five rounds, he is sharing the lead with Luke McShane (England) and Magnus Carlsen (Norway), all having scored nine points in the first five rounds.
Hikaru Nakamura (US) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) are just one point behind the leaders and the event is wide open with all these five players having a title winning chances.
Three points are awarded for a victory and one for a draw in this eight player round robin tournament which is excitingly poised at the finishing stages.
Anand is scheduled to play Michael Adams (England) with Black pieces in the sixth round and has a tough opponent in Kramnik in the seventh and last round while Carlsen is facing Kramnik in the sixth round and Nigel Short (Enlgand) in the last game. McShane is playing Nakamura and David Howell (England), respectively.
The Indian has as usual shown good preparation level and has not been really severely tested so far. He has had good positions in almost all the games but the conversion rate to victory has not been as much as expected. Anand and McShane are the only unbeaten players so far in this event.