Anand held by Kramnik
World Champion Viswanathan Anand's hunt for an elusive victory continued as he was held by the former challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia for a draw in the fourth round of London Chess Classic. Another draw statistically means that Anand hasn't won for 17 classical games in a row, including four matches in the last World Championship, the Final Masters tournament where he finished winless and three games in the Classic here.
Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen of Norwon over Gawain Jones of England. With his third win in four games, Carlsen shot in to sole lead with 10 points in the soccer-like scoring system.
Anand has slipped to sixth spot with three points coming from his third draw and the World Champion needs a few wins to be in with a chance in the tournament. Anand went for a closed Ruy Lopez as white against Kramnik who started with the Berlin defense. The position never opened to white's advantage even though Anand maintained a slight advantage by way of space control for the major part of the game.
Just keeping his pieces together, Kramnik ensured the safety of his king when Anand tried to make way on King side and soon some exchanges of minor pieces led to an impregnable position for either side.
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