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Anand ends fourth in Corus with another draw

other Updated: Feb 01, 2010 23:32 IST
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Viswanathan Anand

India's Viswanathan Anand ended the 72nd edition of the Corus Grandmasters tournament with yet another draw, his 11th in 13 rounds, but with two other wins, he ended with 7.5 points in shared fourth place.

Anand drew with Loek Van Wely in 39 moves from a Meraner and was the only unbeaten player in Group A.

Magnus Carlsen, the world's highest rated player, won the 10,000 euros first prize. Coached by former world champion Gary Kasparov, the 19-year-old Norwegian played attacking chess throughout to collect 8.5 points for a tournament score of five wins, seven draws and one loss.

His aggressive style almost came to cost him dearly in his final-round game from a Ruy Lopez against Italy's Fabiano Caruana but after 56 moves, he managed to salvage a draw.

In Group B, Parimarjan Negi held Anish Giri to a draw while Pentala Harikrishna drew with Toni Nyback. Both Negi and Hari ended with 6.5 points and were tied for sixth, while Giri won the title with 8.5 points.

In Group C, Abhijit Gupta beat Ray Robson, while D Vocaturo beat Sowmya Swaminathan. Li Chao won the title with 10 points and Abhijit was sole second with 8.5 points. Sowmya was tied 13th with three points. In Group A, the two runners-up at the outset of Sunday's thirteenth round, Spain's Alexei Shirov and Russia's Vladimir Kramnik, remained just that. Kramnik was satisfied with a half point after just 21 moves.

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