Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will meet Russian Peter Svidler in the seventh round of 10th Tal Memorial International chess tournament.
With 3.5 points from the first six rounds, Anand will have two games with white pieces out of the last three.
Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia leads the event on 4.5 points, enjoying a half point lead over Anish Giri of Holland, who stands in the second position. Anand comes next, along with Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian of Armenia.
Svidler and Li Chao of China have an identical three points while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is now eighth on 2.5 points. Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky on two and Israeli Boris Gelfand on 0.5 points complete the 10-player line-up as the super tournament enters the business end.
Anand has had a good tournament so far, with two wins against Mamedyarov and Gelfand. He, however, suffered a loss against Kramnik after nearly eight years but is still poised for a good finish.
Nepomniachtchi and Aronian are the only two unbeaten players in the tournament. Anand is slated to take on the latter in the final round.
Pairings round 7: Anish Giri (Ned, 4) vs Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 3.5); Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 3.5) vs Peter Svidler (Rus, 3); Li Chao (Chn, 3) vs Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 4.5); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2.5) vs Levon Aronian (Arm, 3.5); Boris Gelfand (Isr, 0.5) vs Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus, 2).