World champion Viswanathan Anand finished a disappointing sixth after completing a rare sequence of all nine drawn games in the 10-man robin-robin format of Tal Memorial chess tournament in Moscow on Friday.
In the ninth round, playing with black pieces, Anand drew with Boris Gelfand in 29 moves in Queens' Gambit Declined. Rarely has Anand, who tallied 4.5 points, finished an event without a win or a loss.
Overnight leader Armenia's Levon Aronian won the title on superior tie-break score, after top seed Magnus Carlsen defeated USA's Hikaru Nakamura to tie for honours at 5.5 points.
In the day's longest game, Russian youngster Ian Nepomniachtchi tried his best to win against Aronian, but the Armenian's defence stood firm in their drawn battle lasting 85 moves.
The results (ninth round): Boris Gelfand (Isr) drew with Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura (USA) lost to Magnus Carlsen (Nor), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm), Sergey Karjakin (Rus) drew with Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr), Peter Svidler (Rus) bt Vladimir Kramnik (Rus).
1. Aronian (5.5), 2. Carlsen (5.5), 3. Karjakin (5), 4. Nepomniachtchi (5), 5. Ivanchuk (5), 6. Anand (4.5), 7. Svidler (4.5), 8. Krmanik (3.5), 9. Gelfand (3.5), 10. Nakamura (3). — Special Correspondent