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Anand held; Carlsen surges ahead

By The Assam Tribune

Nanjing (China) Oct 24 (PTI): World Champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan in the fifth round of the Pearl Spring Chess tournament here.

After a disastrous blunder that resulted in a loss against Etienne Bacrot of France from a seemingly drawn endgame, Anand was cautious in his game against Gashimov and repeated moves in the middle game to remain on a 50 per cent score at the half way stage of this six-players double round-robin tournament.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway continued with his excellent form to down former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and remained in sole lead on four points out of a possible five.

Giving Carlsen a run for his money is Bacrot who outclassed Wang Yue of China and took his tally to a very impressive 3.5 points. It may be recalled that Bacrot started off with a loss in the tournament against Carlsen but since then, the Frenchman has regained his composure to score three victories in the next four games.

With five rounds still to come, Anand is on the third spot on 2.5 points while Gashimov is now sole fourth with two points to his credit. Topalov and Wang Yue share the last spot currently on 1.5 points each in the Euros 2,50,000 prize money tournament.

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Anand held; Carlsen surges ahead

Nanjing (China) Oct 24 (PTI): World Champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan in the fifth round of the Pearl Spring Chess tournament here.

After a disastrous blunder that resulted in a loss against Etienne Bacrot of France from a seemingly drawn endgame, Anand was cautious in his game against Gashimov and repeated moves in the middle game to remain on a 50 per cent score at the half way stage of this six-players double round-robin tournament.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway continued with his excellent form to down former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and remained in sole lead on four points out of a possible five.

Giving Carlsen a run for his money is Bacrot who outclassed Wang Yue of China and took his tally to a very impressive 3.5 points. It may be recalled that Bacrot started off with a loss in the tournament against Carlsen but since then, the Frenchman has regained his composure to score three victories in the next four games.

With five rounds still to come, Anand is on the third spot on 2.5 points while Gashimov is now sole fourth with two points to his credit. Topalov and Wang Yue share the last spot currently on 1.5 points each in the Euros 2,50,000 prize money tournament.