Tata Steel Chess: Anand stays in joint-lead; Vidit holds Ding Liren

Viswanathan Anand stays in the lead with Ian Nepomniachtchi at 1.5 points after two rounds.

File image of Viswanathan Anand.   -  PTI

Viswanathan Anand drew with Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev in 34 moves to stay in the lead with Ian Nepomniachtchi at 1.5 points after two rounds of Tata Steel chess tournament here on Sunday.

Vidit Gujrathi drew for the second straight day after facing Ding Liren, the third seed Chinese who proved equal to favourite Magnus Carlsen on Saturday.

Carlsen drew with Nepomniachtchi before the home favourites Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest - the two first-round losers - made amends with remarkable victories. Like the first round, both decisive games saw the players winning from the black side.

Vladimir Kramnik, who escaped defeat against Teimour Radjabov on Saturday, was not so lucky again and lost to Giri in 42 moves. Soon thereafter, Foreest cashed in on a late error from Jan-Krzysztor Duda to prevail in 50 moves.

In group ‘B’, R. Praggnanandhaa held bright drawing prospects with black pieces against second seed Vladislav Kovalev after 45 moves. On Saturday, the Indian prodigy lost to Evgeny Bareev.

Second round: Viswanathan Anand (1.5) drew with Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 1); Ding Liren (Chn, 1) drew with Vidit Gujrathi (1); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 1) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 1.5); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 1) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 1); Vladimir
Kramnik (Rus, 0.5) lost to Anish Giri (Ned, 1); Jan-Krzysztor Duda (Pol, 0.5) lost to Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 1)

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