The second round had ended in a draw for Viswanathan Anand against Lenier Dominguez of Cuba. Anand could muster just one point under the rules from three games and will have to come back much stronger in the remaining six rounds.
Finishing with a tally of 5.5 points out of a possible nine, Viswanathan Anand also gained some valuable rating points to inch closer to the 2800 rating mark. With seven draws and two victories, he has moved to seventh place in the world ranking.
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand remained in contention for a top spot after playing out his fourth successive draw in the Sinquefield Chess tournament
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With this draw, Viswanathan Anand took his tally to 1.5 points out of a possible five and with just four rounds to come.
Viswanathan Anand pressed for an advantage without risk against Topalov to get back in the tournament.
Viswanathan Anand was in for another shock as he was defeated by Alexander Grischuk after going down to Hikaru Nakamura.
Viswanathan Anand used the hidden dynamics out of a decent opening to beat Hammer, who was outdone under pressure.
It turned out to be a dull day in the tournament as all the five games in the 10-player round-robin ended in draws.
Nakamura is now a full point behind the leader while Anand and Anish Giri of Holland are on three points apiece from their five games.
Magnus Carlson paced with risky moves which helped Anand to capitalise.
Anand decided not to press the Italian and soon the players entered a dead-drawn endgame with Bishops of opposite colours.