Anand draws with woman champ, slips to third spot

  • Agencies/HTC, Hindustan Times, Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands
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  • Updated: Jan 27, 2013 01:25 IST

World Champion Viswanathan Anand mishandled a winning endgame and drew with former women's world champion Yifan Hou of China in the 11th round of 75th Tata Steel Chess tournament here.

Desperately needing a victory to bridge the gap with tournament leader Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Anand outplayed Yifan right from the opening but a shocking blunder in what appeared to be a winning position cost the Indian an important half point. Carlsen remained in sole lead.

Jaffer's ton puts Mumbai in Command
New Delhi: Armaan Jaffer's 195 not out and Khidar Dafedar's 208 almost shut Delhi out of the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy final. Mumbai's Jaffer whose paternal uncle Wasim, a former India player, is playing the Ranji final,  kept a cool head to grind Delhi bowlers as Mumbai reached 539/5 on Day 2. Spinner Sumit Mathur took 3 wickets.

Gangjee gets Asian Tour card
Hua Hin (Thailand): Rahil Gangjee ended 5-under in the Final Stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School to earn full playing privileges on the Asian Tour for 2013.


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