associate sponsors


Viswanathan Anand draws with Peter Svidler, stays joint third in Tal Memorial chess event

Moscow: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand missed out on some fine chances and drew with Russian Peter Svidler in the seventh round of the tenth Tal Memorial International chess tournament.

File photo of Viswanathan Anand. Reuters

File photo of Viswanathan Anand. Reuters

The draw did not help Anand bridge any gap as it turned out to be a dull day in the $200,000 prize money tournament with all the games ending in draws.

As a result of the drawn melee, Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia continued to lead the event by himself on 4.5 points enjoying half a point lead over Anish Giri of Holland who is at the second spot. Anand shares the third spot in the standings with Russian Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian of Armenia on four points.

Svidler and Li Chao of China have an identical 3.5 points and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov remained eighth on three points. Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky moved to 2.5 points and it looks like the last place is now sealed as Boris Gelfand of Israel is on just one point from his seven games. Just two rounds remain in the super tournament.

Svidler has never beaten Anand in a classical game and the trend continued in the seventh round also. Anand employed the 'Anti-Marshall' and got only a miniscule edge till Svidler started to drift a bit. The middle game saw Anand coming out on top and after the trade of queens too Anand was pushing for an advantage.

Svidler, however, retained active play and although Anand missed out on a super chance on move 32 that would have given some advantage, it was an extremely difficult 'chance' to find. Svidler played according to the spirit of the position taking his two rooks to seventh rank which was enough for a draw in the end.

The other games did not get any great attention either. Anish Giri played solidly with his white pieces to draw with Kramnik, Nepomniachtchi was in no mood to spoil anything with his black pieces and kept Li Chao at bay, Gelfand stopped the bleeding drawing with Tomashevsky while Mamedyarov did not get anything worthwhile against Aronian.

The next round now will be crucial from Anand's perspective as he takes on leader Nepomniachtchi. The Indian ace will be playing with black pieces in what is expected to be a cracker of a contest.

Results round 7: Anish Giri (Netherlands, 4.5) drew with Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 4); Viswanathan Anand (India, 4) drew with Peter Svidler (Russia, 3.5); Li Chao (China, 3.5) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia, 5); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 3) drew with Levon Aronian (Armenia, 4); Boris Gelfand (Israel, 1) drew with Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia, 2.5).

Updated Date: Oct 05, 2016 19:00 PM

Also Watch

Watch: The true stories from Dharavi that inspired Rajinikanth's Kaala
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 Watch: Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping across walls and why he hates sitting
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Unwind: India's basketball sensation Amjyot Singh has his eyes set on becoming an NBA regular
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 First Day First Showsha — Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 10 questions
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See

{if $hideJSforEU != 'yes'} {/if}