Stavanger (Norway) : Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with overnight joint leader Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the seventh round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament here.
After a scintillating victory over Fabiano Caruana of United States in the previous round, Anand yet again showed great intent against Nakamura, but the American was quite up to the task in a keenly contested game.
Levon Aronian of Armenia scored his third victory in the tournament at the expense of Sergey Karjakin of Russia to shot into sole lead for the first time in the event.
Anish Giri of Holland too found Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France on the wrong foot and scored a fine victory. However, it was not Aronian’s win or Giri’s dismantling that hogged the limelight in the seventh round, the biggest news of the day was Magnus Carlsen’s losing to Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. The loss proved costly as Kramnik came tantalisingly close to Carlsen on the live rating list.
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