STAVANGER (NORWAY), June 19 (PTI): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand�s hunt for the elusive victory continued as he was again held to a draw by Alexander Grischuk of Russia in the third round of Norway Chess tournament, a part of the Grand Chess tour.
With his third draw in as many games, Anand inched himself up to 1.5 points out of a possible three and other results in the round helped the Indian jump to joint fourth spot in the rankings with six rounds still remaining in the strongest tournament of the year.
Hikaru Nakamura of United States punished Fabiano Caruana of Italy for some reckless play while Veselin Topalov�s crushed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the two decisive games of the day.
In a very interesting battle yet again, World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway failed to convert his winning chance against Anish Giri of Holland and signed peace while Carlsen�s compatriot Jon Ludvig Hammer played out a draw with Levon Aronian of Armenia.
Nakamura and Topalov emerged as the new joint leaders on 2.5 points each and Giri is on the heels of the leader a half point behind.