Croatia Grand Chess Tour: Viswanathan Anand holds Caruana

Anand, with 3.5 points, is placed seventh in the elite 12-player field.

With five rounds to go, Anand was in the company of second seed Fabiano Caruana and third seed Ding Liren at 3.5 points.

Viswanathan Anand with 3.5 points, is placed seventh in the elite 12-player field. He proved equal to Fabiano Caruana in 54 moves in the eighth round of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour on Thursday.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

Stretching his sequence of draws to seven, Viswanathan Anand proved equal to Fabiano Caruana in 54 moves in the eighth round of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour on Thursday.

Anand, with 3.5 points, is placed seventh in the elite 12-player field.

Favourite Magnus Carlsen led with six points after beating China’s Ding Liren. Wesley So stayed half-a-point behind Carlsen after conquering Hikaru Nakamura.

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The results:

Eighth round: Viswanathan Anand (3.5) drew with Fabiano Caruana (USA, 4.5); Ding Liren (Chn, 4) lost to Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 6); Wesley So (USA, 5.5) bt Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2.5); Levon Aronian (Arm, 4.5) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 4.5); Anish Giri (Ned,3.5) bt
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2.5); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 3.5) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 3.5).