Tata Steel Chess: Anand takes a draw, Anish joins Carlsen in the lead

Following a 31-move deadlock, Anand moved to 6.5 points and shared the fourth spot with Ding Liren.

After Magnus Carlsen moved to 7.5 points after a 25-move draw with Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri (in picture) caught up with the leader after beating Samuel Shankland.   -  Getty Images

Viswanathan Anand took an easy draw with white pieces against Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda before Vidit Gujarati stunned World No. 3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the 11th round of the
Tata Steel Masters chess tournament on Friday.

Following a 31-move deadlock, Anand moved to 6.5 points and shared the fourth spot with Ding Liren.

After Magnus Carlsen moved to 7.5 points after a 25-move draw with Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri caught up with the leader after beating Samuel Shankland.

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Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi moved to the third place compatriot Vladimir Fedoseev.

For the second successive round, Vidit caused the biggest upset. Having upstaged Vladimir Kramnik on Wednesday, an upbeat Vidit scored over Mamedyarov in just 30 moves in their Queen's Gambit Declined game.

Playing black, Vidit gained a central pawn on the 20th move and before long, trained his queen and knight on wrecking the fortress around Mamedyarov’s castled king. Sensing the inevitable, Mamedyarov gave up.

In the Challengers section, R. Praggnanandhaa (4.5) drew with local Lucas van Foreest (5).

11th-round results: Viswanathan Anand (6.5) drew with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 5); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 4) lost to Vidit Gujarati (6); Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 5.5) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 7.5); Anish Giri (Ned, 7.5) bt Samuel Shankland (USA, 4.5); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 7) bt Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 4.5); Richard Rapport (Hun, 5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 6.5).