Anand stays at 4th spot in Tata Steel chess tournament

Anish Giri defeated B. Adhiban to become the only player at 8.5 points, a tally that Magnus Carlsen is mostly likely to match after inching closer to a possible victory over Maxim Matlakov.

Vishwanathan Anand will be joined by Vladimir Kramnik in the fourth spot after moving to a winning position against second seed Fabiano Caruana.   -  AP

A 32-move draw with defending champion Wesley So kept Viswanathan Anand in the fourth spot after the 12th and penultimate round of the Tata Steel chess tournament here on Saturday.

As expected, Anish Giri defeated B. Adhiban and Magnus Carlsen overpowered Maxim Matlakov to lead at 8.5 points. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, the third overnight leader, drew with Gawain Jones to slip to the third position.

Friday's report: Anand outplays Hou Yifan, jumps to fourth spot

Vladimir Kramnik joined Anand in the fourth place at 7.5 points by adding to the woes of an off-form second seed Fabiano Caruana.

In the Challengers section, Vidit Gujrathi (8.5 points) took the sole lead after crushing Russian Woman Grandmaster Olga Girya in just 26 moves. Vidit goes into the final round half-a-point ahead of Anton Korobov, who drew with Lucas van Foreest.

D. Harika drew with Norway’s Aryan Tari in 38 moves to move to 4.5 points.

12th round results (Indians unless stated):

Masters: Masters: Viswanathan Anand (7.5) drew with Wesley So (USA, 7); Anish Giri (8.5) bt B. Adhiban (3.5); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 8.5) bt Maxim Matlakov (Rus, 4.5); Gawain Jones (Eng, 4.5) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 8); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 7.5) bt Fabiano Caruana (USA, 4.5); Peter Svidler (Rus, 5.5) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 7); Hou Yifan (Chn, 2.5) drew with Wei Yi (Chn, 5).

Challengers: Olga Girya (Rus, 3.5) lost to Vidit Gujrathi (8.5); Aryan Tari (Nor, 5.5) drew with D. Harika (4.5); Anton Korobov (Ukr, 8) drew with Lucas van Foreest (Ned, 4.5); Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 7) drew with Erwin L’Ami (Ned, 5.5); Jeffery Xiong (USA, 6.5) drew with Dmitry Gordievsky (Rus, 6.5); Benjamin Bok (Ned, 5.5) drew with Matthias Bluebaum (Ger, 6.5).


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