Anand holds Carlsen, Norwegian remains in the lead

Viswanathan Anand will take on Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the sixth round.

Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. (file photo)   -  AP

Viswanathan Anand produced a solid 45-move draw with black pieces against World champion Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the Norway chess tournament here on Saturday.

This deadlock kept Carlsen in the lead with 3.5 points, one ahead of Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin. In the only decisive game of the day, Fabiano Caruana defeated Karjakin.

Meanwhile, Ding Liren expectedly withdrew from the tournament after a hip-surgery following a bicycle accident on Thursday. As a result, Ding’s results from the first three rounds, including the drawn encounter against Anand, have been removed.

According to the statement from the event organiser, “Regarding the tournament, as Ding Liren completed less than 50% of his games, his results will not be counted for standings and tie break. They will only be counted for rating.”

Fifth-round results: Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 3.5/5) drew with Viswanathan Anand (2/4); Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2/4) bt Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 2.5/5); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2/5) drew with Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2/4); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1.5/4) drew with Levon
Aronian (Arm, 2.5/5); Wesley So (USA, 2/4) rest.

Sixth-round pairings: Anand-Mamedyarov; So-Carlsen; Aronian-Caruana; Nakamura-Lagrave; Karjakin rest.