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Anand draws against world no. 2 Caruana in London

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Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand got off to a good start with an easy draw against World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana from USA in the first round of the London Chess Classic -- the final leg of the Grand Chess tour -- on Saturday.

Levon Aronian, Wesley So and Vladimir Kramnik currently lead the 10-player round-robin tournament, followed by Anand, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Caruana half a point behind. Topalov, Adams and Nakamura share the eighth spot with eight rounds still to come.

Anand showcased his experience in his opening game as he kept the game on his side with timely counter-attacks, despite Caruana exerting pressure on the queen side to edge forward.

Anand, with two knights against two bishops from Caruana, ensured that the game ended as a draw.

Results (round one): Fabiano Caruana (USA) drew with V Anand (IND); Levon Aronian (ARM) beat Michael Adams (ENG); Hikaru Nakamura (USA) lost to Wesley So (USA); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) drew with Anish Giri (NED); Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) beat Veselin Topalov (BUL).