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Anand holds Carlsen with black in Norway

other Updated: May 11, 2013 00:07 IST
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World champion Viswanathan Anand won the psychological battle holding his world championship challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway to an easy draw in the second round of the Norway Chess 2013 Super tournament in progress here.

The much awaited clash turned out to be a full entertainer to the audience as Carlsen tried but could not make much use of his white pieces in a keenly contested game arising out of a Sicilian defence.

Both Carlsen and Anand inched to one point out of a possible two in the 10-player round-robin tournament following a draw in the opener too.

The other game to end early was a damp squib between former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan while Levon Aronian came up with a fine effort to outclass Hikaru Nakamura of United States.

Pole for Raj Bharat in VW Masters debut
Zhuhai (China): Indian racing prodigy Raj Bharath clinched a stunning pole position on his debut weekend with Meco Motorsport in the Formula Masters China Series at Zhuhai International Circuit on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Raj suffered electrical issues during official practice and was unable to set even a single timed lap and lost quite a bit of track time in the process.

The team however opted to let Raj stay out on wets as more rain was expected, and eventually the call paid off as showers returned and Raj managed to secure pole by a margin of 1.5 seconds. The 18-year old, who participated in the 2012 season of the Asian championship, builds on his experience from 2012 when he secured ten podium finishes and three wins.

Nitish Rana stars in LB Shastri win
New Delhi: Nitish Rana's 79 helped LB Shastri beat Mount Club by 24 runs in DDCA league. In other games, Rajat Paliwal's 77 nout out helped Indian Air Force win, while Golden Hawks beat Gush Club. In OSP cricket, Aditya Kaushik's 105 not out and spinner Wasim Ahmad's 6-41 helped NK Chand Khanna beat Air India by 9 wickets to enter the final.