Anand draws again, slips to joint 5th place
Viswanathan Anand's incredible winless streak continues unabated as the World Champion played out yet another draw with Azerbaijan's Teimour Radjabov.Updated: Sep 10, 2008, 22:08 IST
Viswanathan Anand's incredible winless streak continues unabated as the World Champion played out yet another draw with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan to slip to the joint fifth spot in the Bilbao Grand Slam Final in Spain.
In a dramatic turn of events in the highest prize money tournament, overnight leader Magnus Carlsen of Norway was beaten by Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine while Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria too found his nemesis in Levon Aronian of Armenia.
With two of the highest ranked players in the standings going down, the field was thrown open but it was of no help to Anand who is still looking for his first victory in Spain.
As things stand, despite the loss, Carlsen remained atop the tables on 11 points and Topalov is still on his heels a full point behind in the soccer-like scoring system that gives three points for a win and one for a draw.
Aronian also came within striking distance of Carlsen on nine points while Ivanchuk elevated himself to the sole fourth spot on eight points.
Anand and Radjabov share the fifth spot with six points apiece and three rounds to go. Both are winless and have had six draws and a loss each.
The game against Radjabov did not require too much effort from Anand once the position reached a kind of deadlock wherein playing for a win for either player was quite risky.
Anand's Sicilian Taimanov gave Radjabov a slight advantage but the Indian caught the important central squares to thwart any further progress by his opponent.
Radjabov played on till move 29 before signing the peace through repetition of moves.