Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an exciting draw with Ding Liren of China to move to joint third spot after the last round of Tata Steel Masters in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands.
However, the Indian ace can no longer win the tournament, chances of a podium finish remain with just one round to come in the first super tournament of the year.
The current world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway had another dominating victory over Jan Krzysztof Duda of Poland. The Norwegian took his tally to 8.5 points out of 12 and is now a half point ahead of closest rival Anish Giri of Holland. The two will now clash in the final round to win the elusive title.
There were three decisive games in the 14-player double round-robin tournament and the American champion Samuel Shankland made the most of it. He won against Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi.
In the second game, Vladimir Kramnik scored his second win in a row. He defeated his fellow Russian Vladimir Fedoseev.
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Now, Anand, Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren share the third spot jointly on seven points apiece.
Vidit Gujarathi just a half-point behind
A half point behind is Vidit Gujrathi holding the sixth spot. His final round match is slated against Anand.
“I assume both of us were just using our preparation; I just forgot some part of mine,” Anand said after the game.
“I am guessing that I should be lost, though I decided, at some point, to stop looking where. And then, I think ’28…Rd6′ is probably a comfortable draw for Black, so he had to try a rook retreat. Whether he was winning or not, I have no idea.”
Gujrathi was looking to win his third game in a row but missed out against Richard Rapport of Hungary.
In the challengers’ section being played simultaneously, Latvian Vladislav Kovalev emerged as the only leader with 9 points.
The only Indian in this section, Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa lost to Benjamin Gladuera of Hungary and is now in 11th spot on 4.5 points.
Results masters round 12:
Ding Liren (Chn, 7) drew with V Anand (Ind, 7); Vidit Gujrathi (Ind, 6.5) drew with Richard Rapport (Hun, 5.5); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 8.5) beat Jan Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 5); Jorden Van Foreest (Ned, 4.5) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 4.5); Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 4.5) lost to Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 4.5); Samuel Shankland (USA, 5.5) beat Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 7); Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 6) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 8).
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