Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with Russian Alexander Grischuk to remain joint fourth after the end of the seventh round of Magistral Ciudad de Linares Chess tournament here on Friday. Anand has 3.5 points at the half way stage of the eight-player double round robin tournament.
Grischuik remained in sole lead with five points out of a possible seven,one point clear of Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine. Ivanchuk won against Levon Aronian of Armenia,who shares the fourth spot with Anand. The sixth spot is held by Lenier Dominguez of Cuba while Wang Yue of China and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan share the seventh spot on 2.5 points each.
Holding his own
Grischuk held his own against Anand whose experiment with the queen pawn opening continued. After coming out with a minor surprise on move three when he decided to avoid main lines of Grunfeld defense,Anand settled to play the Samisch attack against the Kings Indian defence. he tried to make a foray on the king side but the Russian was up to the task and soon it was clear that the game was headed towards a draw. The peace was signed in 32 moves.
Aronian went for a topical structure but found Ivanchuk well-armed in all departments in a thrilling game. The complexities turned in favour of Ivanchuk after an erroneous plan by the Armenian in the middle game and he had no chance to recover thereafter. Ivanchuk took 44 moves to register his first victory in the tournament.
Teimour Radjabov played out a draw with Carlsen after employing the Italian opening with white pieces. Carlsen had little trouble in equalising after harmless play by white and regulation exchanges maintained the balance. The game was drawn in 34 moves. Lenier Dominguez tried but could not make headway against Wang Yue in another drawn affair of the day. For the records it was a Petroff defence that lasted 57 moves.