Viswanathan Anand, with 2.5 points, was placed half-a-point behind the four joint leaders at the end of the third round of the World rapid chess championship at Riyadh on Tuesday.

Three Russians – Alexander Grischuk, Vladimir Fedoseev and Peter Svidler – and an Armenian, Tigran Petrosian are in the lead, on three points.

B. Adhiban and Vidit Gujrathi have two points apiece, while Pendyala Harikrishna is on 1.5.  Surya Shekhar Ganguly and S.P. Sethuraman have a point each.

In the women’s event, Dronavalli Harika is on 2.5 points, half-a-point behind the leaders – China’s Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi, Lei Tingjie and Bela Khotenashvili of Georgia.

Among other Indian competitors, Padmini Rout is the best-placed with two points, while Eesha Karavade has 1.5 and S. Vijayalakshmi one point.