Candidates Chess: Anand plays draw against Giri in seventh round, placed third; Karjakin, Aronian in joint lead

anand 2Moscow: Sergey Karjakin and Levon Aronian kept their narrow lead over the field, drawing an interesting game today to reach 4.5/7, even as India’s ace chess player and five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand too played out an easy draw as black against Anish Giri of Holland in the seventh round of Candidates Chess tournament in Moscow.

The standings did not change much, as the matchups between Peter Svidler vs. Fabiano Caruana also ended in draws, keeping Anand in clear third place with 4/7, while Giri and Caruana remain even with 3.5/7 and Svidler at "-1" with 3/7. The lone decisive result of the day came between Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov. Nakamura is tied with Svidler for 6th place with 3/7, while Topalov is in clear last with just 2/7.