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Anand draws with Aronian, Negi posts third win

It was a Semi Slav defense where Anand did not have to do much in the Moscow variation as Aronian preferred to play it safe as white.

other Updated: Jan 18, 2008 20:39 IST

World Champion Viswanathan Anand played out a quick draw with Armenia's Levon Aronian in the 'A' Group, while Parimarjan Negi defeated Ukraine's Anna Ushenina in the 'C' group of the Corus International Chess tournament here.

Playing black after the first rest day of this category-20 event, Anand settled for his fourth draw on the trot after a first round loss to Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan.

The Indian inched up to 2 points with this result while Aronian took his tally to 3.5 points out of a possible 5 and remained in joint lead along with Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan. Anand stands joint 11th.

It was a Semi Slav defense where Anand did not have to do much in the Moscow variation as Aronian preferred to play it safe as white.

Instead of a more complicated middle game which is usual for the opening, it was a simple position which did not offer many chances to either player after Anand gave his extra pawn early in the opening.

Peace was signed in just 20 moves and this was the first game to end in the day.

The other overnight leader Maguns Carlsen followed suit and played out a quick draw with Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine to make sure of a joint first place after round 5.

Playing with white, Ivanchuk went for the Exchange variation in the Ruy Lopez. This game too ended in 20 moves.

A resurgent Parimarjan Negi took on Anna Ushenina of Ukraine in the fifth round after back-to-back victories in previous two rounds and went to score his third full point in quick time.

Negi unleashed the Queen pawn opening for the first time in the event as white and cashed in on a middle game error to romp home. Negi is currently on 3 points from five games, one and half points behind sole leader Arik Braun of Germany who played out his first draw in the event.

In the 'B' group being played simultaneously P Harikrishna equalised as black against Sergei Movsesian of Slovakia quite easily in the opening and later had a definite advantage to boast off.

However, at one point a slightly slip cost him dearly as Movsesian was right on top. In the end the game was drawn.

Etienne Bacrot of France emerged as the sole leader in this section on 4 points and Hari is now in sole second spot on 3.5 points.

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy - the other Indian contestant in the 'B' group played out a draw with Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia. Humpy inched up to 1.5 points in the event.

Results round 5:

'A' Group: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2.5) beat Loek van Wely (Ned, 2.5); Pavel Eljanov (Ukr, 1) lost to Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 3.5); Michael Adams (Eng, 2.5) drew with Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 3); Levon Aronian (Arm, 3.5) drew with Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 2); Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 2.5) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 3.5); Judit Polgar (Hun, 3) drew with Peter Leko (Hun, 2.5); Veselin Topalov (Bul, 2) beat Boris Gelfand (Isr, 1).