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Sinquefield Cup | Viswanathan Anand sneaks a draw to remain on top after third round

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Sinquefield Cup | Viswanathan Anand sneaks a draw to remain on top after third round

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SportsCafe Desk

08/20/2019

Vishwanathan Anand managed to play out a draw against Armenia's Levon Aronian that helped the Indian to hold on to his half-point lead at the top of the table in the ongoing Sinquefield Cup. For the second consecutive day in the tournament, all the players in contention had to settle for a draw.

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand held on to his lead at the top of the table at the ongoing Sinquefield Cup in Missouri after scraping out a draw against GM Levon Aronian. Aronian, who finished as joint-winner at the last edition of the tournament, had to make do with a 42-move draw against Anand on Monday.

In doing so, the Indian Grandmaster maintained his half-point lead at the top on a day when all the matches ended in a draw. Earlier, Anand registered a crucial draw against long-time rival Magnus Carlsen in round two of the tournament. He currently leads the elite 12-player field with 2 points.

Third round: Levon Aronian (Arm, 1.5) drew with Viswanathan Anand (2); Magnus Calrsen (Nor, 1.5) drew with Fabiano Caruana (USA. 1.5); Ding Liren (Chn, 1.5) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1.5); Wesley So (USA, 1.5) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 1.5); Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 1.5) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 1.5); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 1) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 1.5).

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