Former world champion Viswanathan Anand was easily held to a draw by Grandmaster Levon Aronian of Armenia in the third round of the Corus Grandmasters 'A' chess tournament here.
After a fine victory with black pieces against GM Alexander Motylev of Russia in the previous round, the Indian ace could not do much with his first white pieces in the tournament as Aronian sought comfort in his first love, Marshall Gambit, and got an easy half point after 32 moves.
The draw took Anand to two points out of a possible three so far in the tournament and he will now meet out-of-sort Magnus Carlsen in the next round game.
However, there was good news for India in the 'C' group with world's youngest GM Parimarjan Negi beating local International Master Thomas Willemze.
On two points, alongwith Anand, was world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia who was held to a draw by Sergei Tiviakov of Holland.
Playing the black side of a Petroff defence, Kramnik was never in any troubles in this fairly simple encounter and routine trading of pieces led to an equal endgame in just 28 moves.
In other games ending quickly in the third round, Ruslan Ponomariov scored his first victory in the event.
Results: Round 2, Category A:
Levon beat Ponomariov; Kramnik beat Shirov; Svidler beat Tiviakov; Radjabov drew with Karjakin; Topalov beat Van Wely; Motylev lost to Anand; Carlsen lost to Navara