Ivanchuk holds patchy Anand

Playing black, Anand did not get much to hope for against some solid play by Ivanchuk and the Indian inched up to three points from six games in the strongest tournament of the year.

Interestingly, for the third day running, all the five games ended in draws leaving the standings as they were after the end of the third round. The games were yet again hard fought especially in a couple of encounters and were not devoid of excitement.

Norwegian world number one Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Russian duo of Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepommniachtchi remained at the helm on 3.5 points each while Anand, Ivanchuk and Peter Svidler follow them half a point adrift.

Results (round VI): Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 3) drew V Anand (Ind, 3); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 3.5) drew S Karjakin (Rus, 3.5); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 3.5) drew Peter Svidler (Rus, 3); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2.5) drew H Nakamura (US, 2.5); Levon Aronian (Arm, 3.5) drew Boris Gelfand (Isr, 2).

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