Anand draws with Wesley So

Anand’s all-draw record kept him in third spot at two points with three others.

Viswanathan Anand will face Magnus Carlsen in the next round. (file photo)   -  PTI

Viswanathan Anand drew with Wesley So in 35 moves following perpetual checks in the fourth round of the Norway Chess tournament here on Friday.

Anand’s all-draw record kept him at two points with three others in the third spot.

Magnus Carlsen continued to lead at three points after drawing with Hikaru Nakamura. Sergey Karjakin moved to the second spot after beating Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Defending champion Levon Aronian was the other winner of the day following the conquest of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Meanwhile, the game between Ding Liren and Fabiano Caruana was postponed. On the rest day, on Thursday, Ding fell off his bike and fractured his hip bone. The Chinese underwent an operation on Friday. Ding’s further participation in the event appears unlikely though the organiser has retained his name in the draw.

Fourth-round results: Viswanathan Anand (2) drew with Wesley So (USA, 2); Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 3); Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 2.5) bt Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1.5); Levon Aronian (Arm, 2) bt Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 1.5); Ding Liren (1.5) v Fabiano Caruana (USA, 1) postponed.

Fifth-round pairings: Carlsen-Anand; Caruana-Karjakin; Mamedyarov-Nakamura; Lagrave-Aronian; So-Liren.

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