Tata Steel Masters: Dutch Jorden Van Foreest holds Viswanathan Anand to a draw in sixth round

As has been the case throughout the event, Anand has been trying to play very complicated positions and the sixth round was no different.

Press Trust of India January 18, 2020 19:28:21 IST
Tata Steel Masters: Dutch Jorden Van Foreest holds Viswanathan Anand to a draw in sixth round
  • As has been the case throughout the event, Anand has been trying to play very complicated positions and the sixth round was no different.

  • The Indian ace faced the Four Knights opening as black and unleashed an attack in the centre early by sacrificing two pawns.

  • White's king was stuck around the centre for a long time while Anand's pieces tried to make a foray.

Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to an easy draw by Dutch hopeful Jorden Van Foreest in the sixth round of Tata Steel Masters here on Saturday.

As has been the case throughout the event, Anand has been trying to play very complicated positions and the sixth round was no different.

The Indian ace faced the Four Knights opening as black and unleashed an attack in the centre early by sacrificing two pawns.

Tata Steel Masters Dutch Jorden Van Foreest holds Viswanathan Anand to a draw in sixth round

Vishwanath Anand. AFP

Even though it's part of theory, it is considered a bit dangerous for both.

White's king was stuck around the centre for a long time while Anand's pieces tried to make a foray.

After the trade of queens, it was a cautious approach by both players especially after white lost back one pawn. The draw was agreed upon once Anand picked the second pawn.

With three points to his credit from six games, Anand remained in joint sixth spot in one of the strongest tournaments in the world.

With seven rounds still remaining, Anand, however, needs a very strong finish to be in with a chance of finishing on the podium.

Magnus Carlsen's hunt for an elusive victory continued as he played out his sixth draw on the trot. It was an 18th straight draw between him and Fabiano Caruana of United States in the Classical time control.

Carlsen, known for his uncompromising play, has a lot to catch up.

FIDE representative Firouzja Alireza continued to share the lead with Wesley So of the United States in a day which just witnessed two decisive games.

Anish Giri of Holland bounced back from his previous round defeat to beat Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus while Daniil Dubov outplayed his Russian compatriot Vladislav Artemiev.

Both Alireza and Wesley are at four points and are now followed by Caruana, Foreest and Dubov. Anand and Carlsen are in the next pack of six players having three points each.

In the Challengers section, Surya Shekhar Ganguly slipped to joint second spot after a draw with local Grandmaster Jan Smeets.

Ganguly moved to four points while Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine caught Dutchman Max Warmerdam unawares to move up the leader-board on 4.5 points.

Young Indian GM Nihal Sarin played out a draw with Nodirbek Abdusattarov of Uzbekistan to reach three points in this section.

Results after Round 6:

Masters: Daniil Dubov (RUS, 3.5) beat Vladislav Artemiev (RUS, 3); Wesley So (USA, 4) drew with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL, 3); Jorden Van Foreest (NED, 3.5) drew with Vishwanathan Anand (IND, 3); Jeffery Xiong (USA, 3) drew with Nikita Vituigov (RUS, 2.5); Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 3) drew with Fabiano Caruana (USA, 3.5); Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2) Firouza Alireza (FIDE, 4); Anish Giri (NED, 3) beat Vladislav Kovalev (BLR, 1).

Challengers: Rauf Mamedov (AZE, 3) drew with Anton Smirnov (AUS, 2); Max Warmerdam (NED, 1) lost to Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 4.5); David Anton Guijarro (ESP, 3.5) drew with Erwin L'Ami (NED, 4); Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ, 1.5) lost to Vincent Keymer (GER, 2.5); Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB, 3) drew with Nihal Sarin (IND, 3); Lucas Van Foreest (NED, 3) lost to Nils Grandelius (SWE, 3.5); Jan Smeets (NED, 3.5) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (IND, 4).

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