London Chess Classic: Anand draws with Nakamura

All the five games played on Day 1 were drawn. The tournament, which is the last event of the Grand Chess Tour, will resume on Sunday after a day’s rest.

Hikaru Nakamura drew with Viswanathan Anand in the first round of the London Chess Classic.   -  Special Arrangement

The London Chess Classic, the last big-ticket event of the year, got off to a quiet start in London on Friday night. All the five games were drawn, but there were some exciting encounters.

The game between Viswanathan Anand and Hikaru Nakamura, for instance, provided pretty interesting stuff before the players signed peace after 44 moves of Reversed Grunfeld.

The Queen’s Gambit Accepted game between World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Fabiano Caruana of the United States also had its moments before the duo agreed to split the point after 54 moves.

The tournament, which is the last event of the Grand Chess Tour, will resume on Sunday after a day’s rest.

The results (first round):

Magnus Carlsen (Nor) drew with Fabiano Caruana (US); Hikaru Nakamura (US) drew with Viswanathan Anand; Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm); Wesly So (US) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra); Michael Adams (Eng) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus).

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