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Norway Chess: Anand held by Grischuk

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 12:55 AM IST

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Norway : Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s hunt for the elusive victory continued as he was again held to a draw by Alexander Grischuk of Russia in the third round of Norway Chess tournament, a part of the Grand Chess tour.

With his third draw in as many games, Anand inched himself up to 1.5 points out of a possible three and other results in the round helped the Indian jump to joint fourth spot in the rankings with six rounds still remaining in the strongest tournament of the year.

Hikaru Nakamura of United States punished Fabiano Caruana of Italy for some reckless play while Veselin Topalov’s crushed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the two decisive games of the day.

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In a very interesting battle yet again, World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway failed to convert his winning chance against Anish Giri of Holland and signed peace while Carlsen’s compatriot Jon Ludvig Hammer played out a draw with Levon Aronian of Armenia.

Nakamura and Topalov emerged as the new joint leaders on 2.5 points each and Giri is on the heels of the leader a half point behind. Anand, Caruana and Vachier-Lagrave share the fourth spot on 1.5 points apiece while Grischuk, Aronian and Hammer are right behind them with one point in their kitty. Magnus Carlsen continues to find himself in an unfamiliar last spot on a half point.

Grischuk played the old main line of the Sicilian Sveshnikov in which almost all top-level games in the past few years have ended in draws. Anand favoured the variation employed by Leinier Dominguez of Cuba at Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix earlier this year against Grischuk himself.

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Published on: Saturday, June 20, 2015, 12:04 AM IST