Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by David Howell of England in the third round of London Chess Classic here on Tuesday.
For the record, this was Anand's 11th consecutive draw. He had nine draws in the just concluded Tal Memorial at Moscow and drew his first round with English GM Michael Adams here.
World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway cruised past Hikaru Nakamura of the US and shot in to sole lead with seven points from three rounds in the soccer-like scoring system in use here. Luke McShane of England emerged clear second in the Euros 1,60,000 prize money tournament following a fantastic victory over Adams.
Levon Aronian of Armenia came in to reckoning after checkmating Nigel Short of England. The Armenian now shares the third spot.
Anand is currently on two points and is jointly on sixth spot with Adams and Howell.