Tata Steel Chess: Victorious Vidit joins Anand at second spot

Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi kept his half-point overnight lead by drawing with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

File image of Viswanathan Anand.   -  PTI

Showing no signs of fatigue after his seven-hour struggle for a draw against Magnus Carlsen, Vidit Gujarati defeated Jorden van Foreest and joined Viswanathan Anand at the second
spot after four rounds of Tata Steel Masters chess tournament here on Tuesday.

Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi (three points) kept his half-point overnight lead by drawing with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Anand was involved in his third straight draw after facing Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov for 30 moves.

Vidit, tested by Carlsen over 131 moves late on Monday, nailed Foreest in 51 moves for his first win and matched Anand’s tally of 2.5 points.

Anish Giri, who opened his campaign with a loss, recorded his second win by overpowering Hungarian Richard Rapport for a share of the second spot with Anand, Vidit and Ding Liren.

World champion Magnus Carlsen, who drew with Vladimir Kramnik, stretched his unbroken sequence of draws in this event to a record 21.

In the Challengers section, R. Praggnanandhaa drew with lower-rated German Vincent Keymer to reach 1.5 points.

Fourth round results

Viswanathan Anand (2.5) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 2); Vidit Gujarati (2.5) bt Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 1); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 3); Ding Liren (2.5) drew with Vladimir Feedoseev (Rus, 1.5); Richard Rapport (Hun, 1.5) lost to Anish Giri (Ned, 2.5); Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 2) drew with Samuel Shankland (USA, 2); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2) drew with Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 1).

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