Stavanger (Norway) June 22 (PTI): Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against Hikaru Nakamura of United States and remained in joint third position after the end of the fifth round of Norway Chess 2015, a part of the Grand Chess Tour. Following a victory against world champion Magnus Carlsen in the previous round and a much deserving rest day thereafter, Anand had his task cut out against Nakamura. The American had a small advantage but it remained just that as Anand played the defensive part to perfection.
Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria again got lucky as local hero Jon Ludvig Hammer blundered in a dead-drawn endgame to hand another point to the Bulgarian in a platter. It may be recalled that in the first round, Carlsen had lost to Bulgarian in a completely winning position as he was not aware of the rules related to time control here.
Australia, France through as Marta�s Brazil sent packing
Vancouver, June 22 (AFP): Substitute Kyah Simon scored for Australia in a shock 1-0 defeat of Brazil on Sunday as France demolished South Korea 3-0 and next meet Germany in the quarterfinals of the Women�s World Cup.
Simon, 23, found the way through after 80 minutes of battle in wet and windy conditions in Moncton against the 2007 runners-up captained by former five-time world player of the year Marta.
�I think exhilarating is the word for such a victory against a big, powerful football nation,� said coach Alen Stajcic of Australia�s first win in a knockout round at the World Cup.
�Being in the right place at the right time is what makes great players and Kyah Simon showed that today,� said Stajcic.
�A magic moment like that gets us through.�
Australia next play either reigning champions Japan or the Netherlands in Edmonton for a place in the semifinals as seventh-ranked Brazil again return home still awaiting a maiden title.
In Montreal, Marie Laure Delie scored a brace and Elodie Thomis was also on target to put the third-ranked French through to a last-eight meeting with world number one side Germany.