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Anand held by Radjabov, stays joint fourth

World champion Viswanathan Anand tried hard but an alert Teimour Radjabov held on to steer the game to a draw in the eighth round of the Magistral Ciudad De Linares chess tournament.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2009 15:27 IST
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Hindustantimes

World champion Viswanathan Anand tried hard but an alert Teimour Radjabov held on to steer the game to a draw in the eighth round of the Magistral Ciudad De Linares chess tournament.

On a day when Levon Aronian of Armenia accounted for Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Russian Alexander Grischuk hung on to his full point lead after settling for a draw with Lenier Dominguez of Cuba.

In the other game of the day, Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk played out a draw with Wang Yue of China.

With six rounds to go in the super Grandmasters event, Grischuk has 5.5 points in his kitty and the nearest contenders now are Ivanchuk and Aronian, both of whom have 4.5 points each.

Anand remained in joint fourth spot on 4 points and giving him company is Carlsen. Dominguez on 3.5 holds the sixth spot while Radjabov and Wang Yue half a point behind share the seventh position.

For Anand it was a missed opportunity as the Indian ace had the advantage amid the complexities against Radjabov.

The Semi Slav by Anand as black led to a new position on move 16th after Radjabov produced a 'novelty' but the Indian came out unscathed in the next few moves and started exerting pressure with his better placed pieces.