Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand

Zagreb: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand's hunt for his first victory continued as he played out a draw against American Wesley So in the fourth round of Grand Chess Tour here.

After losing the first round match rather unexpectedly against Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, this was Anand's third draw on the trot and the Indian ace seems to have recovered. Especially, the game against Wesley So indicated that Anand was at the top of his game.

Playing the black side of an unorthodox English opening, the players were soon on uncharted territory and Anand livened things up by pushing his king knight pawn in the early middle game stage.

The computer suggested Anand to be slightly better but the position fizzled out pretty quickly. Wesley forced the draw vide repetition after 32 moves. The fourth round was the first time in the tournament that all the games ended in draws.

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