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Anand draws with Kramnik in Chess Classics

other Updated: Dec 10, 2011 10:16 IST

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World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with former challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the seventh round of London Chess Classics.

After a hard earned victory over Nigel Short of England in the previous round, the Indian ace could not do much with his white pieces and decided to split the point on the first all-drawn day in the Classic this year.

World number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway had an off day and that paved the way for Hikaru Nakamura of United States to strengthen his position at the top of the table with another easy draw as black against Luke McShane of England.

Michael Adams of England had it safe right from the word go against Levon Aronian of Armenia while in the other game of the day, English David Howell signed peace with compatriot Nigel Short.

The lead positions changed only a little following a peaceful day as Nakamura stretched himself to be two points ahead of Carlsen, Kramnik and McShane who all have to play an extra game compared to the American.

Aronian and Anand share the fifth spot on six points, two points clear of short who, in turn, is one point ahead of back-rankers Howell and Adams.

Anand got little with the favourable colour against Kramnik after the latter went for a queens gambit declined.