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Anand held by Sokolov, slips to second spot

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World champion Viswanathan Anand slipped to the second position after he was held to an easy draw by tail-ender Ivan Sokolov of Holland in the eighth round of 75th Tata Steel Chess tournament here.

After eight rounds, Anand is at second spot on 5.5 points. Magnus Carlsen of Norway showed his determination and endgame skills to beat Sergey Karjakin of Russia to regain the sole lead with five rounds to come. Fabiano Caruana of Italy came good against Erwin L'Ami of Holland while Armenian Levon Aronian accounted for lone woman participant Yifan Hou of China.

Indian Grandmaster P. Harikrishna played out a draw with Peter Leko of Hungary and Anish Giri of Holland played an ultra-solid game to get the same result against Wang Hao of China. In the other game of the day American Hikaru Nakamura salvaged a much inferior endgame against Loek Van Wely. Apart from Carlsen and Anand, Aronian and Nakamura are also in with a chance on five points each for a shared third spot. Harikrishna and Karjakin are on joint fifth spot with 4.5 points apiece. Not far behind are Leko and Caruana with four points.PTI


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