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Anand draws Carlsen, Aronian on top

other Updated: Sep 27, 2011 23:18 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand could do little with his white pieces as he settled for a draw with world number one Magnus Carlsen in the first round of the fourth Bilbao Final Masters in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. World number three Levon Aronian of Armenia drew first blood in the tournament at the expense of Spaniard Francisco Vallejo Pons to emerge as the early leader in the six-player double round robin tournament.

With nine rounds still to be played, Aronian leads the pack with three points in his kitty while Anand, Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Vassily Ivanchuk trail him on one point each. Vallejo Pons is at the bottom of the tables yet to open his account.