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Anand stays joint third

other Updated: Mar 04, 2009 23:45 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand played his fifth draw on the trot and remained in joint third spot after the end of the 11th round of Magistral Ciudad De Linares chess in Linares on Wednesday.

Anand could not break the defenses of Wang Yue who played white and took his points tally to 5.5 out of a possible 11. Playing black against Wang Yue, Anand stuck to his pet Nimzo Indian and did not face much difficulty in maintaining the balance. The Chinese went for a topical structure and, after accurate play by both sides, a closed position was reached with just one open file and little action available for both players.

Anand proposed the draw after making his 27th move which was accepted. With just three rounds to come after the rest day on Wednesday it is a now or never situation for Anand and if he has to catch up with Grischuk, he will have to strike immediately.

Draws were the order of the as none of the four games could produce a result leaving the standings intact. Grischuk played out a draw with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan to retain his full point lead over Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine who signed peace with Magnus Carlsen of Norway. With Grischuk on seven points and Ivanchuk a full point behind, the trio of Anand, Carlsen and Armenian Levon Aronian stand joint third on 5.5 points each.