Anand draws with Svidler, remains joint third

MOSCOW --- Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand missed some chances and drew with Russian Peter Svidler in the seventh round of Tal Memorial international chess tournament.

Svidler has never beaten Anand in a classical game and the trend continued in the seventh round here. 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 Anand missed out on a chance on move 32 that would have given some advantage.

On a dull day at the tournament, all the games ended in draws.

Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia continued to lead the event on 4.5 points, half a point ahead of Anish Giri of the Netherlands. Anand (4 points) shares the third spot with Russian Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian of Armenia.

In the next round, Anand will take on Nepomniachtchi. The Indian will be playing with black pieces.