Anand draws with Gelfand

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Viswanathan Anandfile photo: AP
Viswanathan Anandfile photo: AP

World champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Boris Gelfand of Israel in the fourth round of Tal Memorial chess tournament here.

Playing after the first rest day, Anand got something to play for but his last world championship challenger was also up to the task in defense and the draw was a just result.

Anand elevated himself to joint fourth spot in standings moving to two points out of a possible four.

Hikaru Nakamura of United States continued with his dominating form and outplayed Fabiano Caruana of Italy to jump to sole lead on three points. This was Nakamura’s third straight victory after a first round loss against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.

Mamedyarov played out a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia to take his tally to 2.5 points. The Azerbaijani shares the second spot with Gelfand on 2.5 points.

Anand shares the fourth spot with Caruana, World number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Dmiutry Andreikin of Russia.

In an interesting battle of the day, Andreikin held Carlsen to a draw.PTI



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