Tal Memorial Chess: Anand remains in third spot with easy sixth-round draw

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Tal Memorial Chess: Anand remains in third spot with easy sixth-round draw

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Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw against Russia's Evgeny Tomashevsky to remain in the third spot of the Tal Memorial chess tournament in Moscow. The Indian ace, who defeated Boris Gelfand in the previous round, has three more rounds to play in the USD 200,000 event.

Five-time world champion Anand was in complete control in round six against Tomashevsky who also displayed impressive moves to counter the Indian. However, it turned out to be the only drawn game on a day when white pieces dominated the proceedings as Anand played a solid Queens Gambit declined.

Both players were down to a minor piece endgame by the 24th move, and agreed for a draw after move 49.

Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri submitted to Armenian Levon Aronian in a fairly one-sided game, while Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia carved out an impressive victory against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.

Another Russian, Peter Svidler, also joined the list of winners by defeating Li Chao of China against whom Anand drew in the third round. Vladimir Kramnik handed Boris Gelfand his fifth defeat condemning the Israeli to the 10th position in the table with just a half a point.

With the draw, Anand remains within striking distance of Giri on four points. Anand shares the third spot withVladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronianwith 3.5 points apiece, followed by Svidler and Li Chao on three points.

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