Anand plays out 39-move draw with Nakamura at Norway Chess

All five boards ended in draws in the second round of Altibox Norway Chess 2018 in Stavanger on Tuesday.

Viswanathan Anand in the first round of Altibox Norway Chess 2018 in Stavanger, Norway, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.   -  Facebook/NorwayChess

Excitement was at a premium as all five boards ended in draws in the second round of Altibox Norway Chess 2018 in Stavanger on Tuesday.

Viswanathan Anand, playing black, saw out a 39-move draw with Hikaru Nakamura in what was the last game to finish.

Magnus Carlsen, the only first round winner, maintained his half-point lead after a 41-move draw with Sergey Karjakin.

Second round results: Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 1) drew with Viswanathan Anand (India, 1); Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 1) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 1.5); Ding Liren (China, 1) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 1); Levon Aronian (Armenia, 1) drew with Wesley So (USA, 1); Fabiano Caruana (USA, 0.5) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 1).

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