Anand played safe in the dying stages to settle for a draw after 37 moves. The scores now stand level at 1.5-1.5 in the 12-game series.
Anand equalised easily out of the opening springing a surprise as early as on move five by going for a rare move as black.
Boris Gelfand, who was playing with black pieces, seemed to be slightly ahead but opted to go for a draw.
Come May 11, Vishy will lock horns with Gelfand in the opening match of the 2012 World Championships. But the players have been locked in a mental battle for a while now.
The importance of preparation in the life of a GM can’t be overstated especially in a match-play format where he will face the same opponent over many matches.