World champion Viswanathan Anand slipped to joint third position after being held to a draw by second seed Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the second round of the Grenke Chess Classic here.

With two draws from two games, the Indian took his tally to one point. His first white game in the tournament did not come good as Caruana came up with fine counter-play to maintain the balance.

Caruana, who had beaten Georg Meier of Germany in the first round of this six-player double round robin tournament, was joined at the top by German player Arkadij Naiditsch who outwitted Michael Adams of England.

The other game between Germans Daniel Fridman and Meier ended in a draw paving the way for the latter to open his account.

The results: Second round: V Anand (1) drew with Fabiano Caruana (1.5); Arkadij Naiditsch (1.5) beat Michael Adams (0.5); Daniel Fridman (1) drew with Georg Meier (0.5). — PTI

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