Sinquefield Cup | Viswanathan Anand draws match against Magnus Carlsen

Sinquefield Cup | Viswanathan Anand draws match against Magnus Carlsen

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Indian chess player Viswanathan Anand played out a draw against Magnus Carlsen in the Sinquefield Cup. As of now, Viswanathan Anand and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France are sharing the fifth position in the tournament with Wesley So of United States tailing them, with half a point behind.

Viswanathan Anand held his ground firm against reigning World champion Magnus Carlsen as he played against him in the fourth round of the Sinquefield cup to bring the match to a draw.

Anand was seen implementing a Rossolimo move against Carlsen’s Sicilian defense. Carlsen had already used this move on Anand this year and tried to subdue his opponent using the same Sicilian defense.

The game, however, took a turning point, where Carlsen gave his pawn as a sacrifice so that he could open up position on both the flanks. Anand posted a move to neutralize Carlsen's black initiative as he gave up his own pawn, ultimately resulting in a draw between the two opponents.

By the time, the game reached its 54th move, it was bound to come to a draw. The queens were traded on the 33rd move and in the end, there weren't enough pieces left on the board for a fight.

Out of four, Anand secured two points for himself. Carlsen is sharing the lead with 2.5 points, having won a game and managed to draw three. After Fabiano Caruana overwhelmed Hikaru Nakamura, he joined the lead along with the Norwegian. Levon Aronian of Armenia, Alexander Grischuk of Russia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan are also in the lead position with 2.5 points.

Hikaru Nakamura and Sergey Karjakin of Russia are last in the standings, having acquired only one point out of four. There are still five rounds remaining in the tournament to determine the winner.

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