Anand remains joint third after another draw


MOSCOW --- Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with in-form Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and remained in the joint third spot at the Tal Memorial chess tournament.

As Nepomniachtchi pressed for some advantage in the English opening, the initial pressure was warded off first with the trade of queens and later by some positional manoeuvres. Nepomniachtchi, who started the day as sole leader, ended another day at the helm after playing it safe.

With just one round left in the tournament, Nepomniachtchi has 5.5 points, half a point more than Anish Giri of the Netherlands. Anand, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia share the third spot on 4.5 points apiece, while Peter Svidler of Russia and Chinese Li Chao have four points.

Shakhriayar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan is eighth on 3.5 points while Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia is ninth in the 10-player round-robin contest. Anand's former world championship challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel (1.5 points) is now confirmed last.