Third straight draw for Viswanathan Anand in Norway

Anand will meet So in the fourth round.

The result kept Viswanathan Anand in the tied second spot with six others at 1.5 points. (File Photo)   -  Twitter @USAmbIndia

Viswanathan Anand was involved in a third straight draw after facing China’s Ding Liren in the third round of the Norway chess tournament, here, on Wednesday. The result kept Anand in the tied second spot with six others at 1.5 points. Action will resume after a day’s rest.

World champion Magnus Carlsen (2.5) enlarged his lead following a second victory. He tamed defending champion Levon Aronian in 31 moves, four moves after the Armenian faltered seriously with a knight-manoeuvre.

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Third-round results: Viswanathan Anand (1.5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 1.5); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2.5) bt Levon Aronian (Arm, 1); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 1.5) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 1.5); Wesley So (USA, 1.5) drew with Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 1.5); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1.5) drew with Fabiano Caruana (USA, 1).

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