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Anand held by Aronian in first round
Sandnes, Norway, May 09, 2013
First Published: 23:49 IST(9/5/2013)
Last Updated: 23:50 IST(9/5/2013)

World champion Viswanthan Anand could do little with white pieces as his opponent Levon Aronian of Armenia held him to an easy draw in the first round of Norway Chess 2013 super tournament that got underway here.

It turned out to be rather sedate Anand who has got a tough draw in the tournament. White pieces against most of the top seeds and black against lower ranked players means that the Indian ace has to be in top form to deliver the goods and in the opener Aronian was not troubled much.

Sergey Karjakin of Russia continued from where he had left — winning the blitz drawing of lots — and put it across Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan whose woes continued after falling hugely in the world ranking.

Norwegian world number one Magnus Carlsen could not do more than splitting the point with former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

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