Anand held by Gelfand in third round

 World Champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Boris Gelfand of Israel in the third round of Zurich Chess Challenge on Tuesday.

For the third day running, Anand strove for an active position and got the complexities he was looking for and Gelfand had to fight really hard to thwart the Indian ace his first victory in the tournament.

In the other game of the day, Fabiano Caruana of Italy played out a draw with former world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia leaving the deadlock to continue for the third day running.

While there has not been any decisive games yet in the four-players double round-robin tournament, there have been ample excitement for the followers. With just three rounds to come now, all the four players share the lead with 1.5 points each and the second half will continue after a rest day.

Results (round III): V Anand (Ind, 3.5) drew with Boris Gelfand (Isr, 1.5): Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 1.5) drew with Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 1.5).

The moves: V Anand – B Gelfand 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Nde2 h5 10. g5 Bd6 11. Nxd5 exd5 12. Bg2 O-O 13. O-O Nc6 14. Qxd5 Be6 15. Qf3 Re8 16. Be3 Bc4 17. Rfe1 Nb4 18. Rac1 Be5 19. Nc3 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Bd5 21. Qxh5 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 Qd5+ 23. Kg1 Nc6 24. Red1 Qxa2 25. g6 fxg6 26. Qxg6 Qf7 27. Qxf7+ Kxf7 28. Rb1 b5 29. c4 b4 30. c3 bxc3 31. Rbc1 Red8 32. Rxd8 Rxd8 33. Rxc3 a5 34. Kf1 Ke6 35. Ke2 Rh8 36. Bb6 Rh4 37. Re3+ Kf5 38. Ra3 Rxc4 39. Bxa5 Nxa5 40. Rxa5+ Kf6 41. Ra6+ Kf5 42. Kf3. Game drawn.

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