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Anand fights hard for a draw

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a hard fought draw with Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez of Cuba in the third round of the 22nd Ciudad de Leon chess tournament on Sunday.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Linares
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2009 12:25 AM IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a hard fought draw with Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez of Cuba in the third round of the 22nd Ciudad de Leon chess tournament on Sunday.

Taking his tally to 1.5 points out of a possible three, the Indian ace remained joint third. The standings remained the same as the other games of the third round were also hard fought draws. Grandmaster Levon Aronian of Armenia and Alexander Grischuk of Russia stayed in joint lead with two points after drawing with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine respectively.

Wang Yue played a solid game to hold Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fourth game of the day. Anand shares the third spot along side Dominguez, Carlsen and Ivanchuk while Radjabov and Wang Yue are currently at the bottom of the table with one point each.

Eleven more rounds remain in the traditional tournament that carries a total prize pool of euro 3,14,000 with euro 1,00,000 reserved for the winner. Playing the black side of a Sicilian Nazdorf, Anand faced the English attack from Dominguez but defended his citadel well. The pieces got exchanged at regular intervals and the players arrived at a rook and minor piece endgame with balance remaining intact.

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