Composed Anand holds world champion Carlsen

Viswanathan Anand mantained his composure and played out an easy draw against reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth and final round of classical section at the Zurich Chess challenge here.

Former world champion Anand finished the classical section on four points with one win, two draws and two losses and the Indian will have to do some recovery act in the rapid section. Carlsen continued to lead the tables handsomely as his nearest rival Levon Aronian suffered a defeat at the hands of Fabiano Caruana of Italy.

Carlsen, on eight points, enjoys two points lead over Aronian who remained on six points. Carauana moved to sole third spot on five points under the unique scoring system in place here that gives two points for a win and one for a draw.

Anand and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States share the fourth spot on four points each. In the other game of the day, Boris Gelfand of Israel played out a draw against Nakamura to take his tally to three points in the six-player round-robin tournament.

The rapid leg of the event will now begin with five games to be played with reverse colours on the final day. For each win here, however, only one point will be awarded and this makes Carlsen a huge favourite for the title. Anand played it very safe against Carlsen. Up against the Berlin defense, the Indian went for a quite anti-system that led to exchange of pieces at regular intervals.  The pawn structure was symmetrical giving no hopes to either player and the exchanges led to an opposite colour Bishops endgame in fairly quick time.

Results (Round 5): Vishwanathan Anand (Ind, 4) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 8); Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 5) bt Levon Aronian (Arm, 6); Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 4) drew with Boris Gelfand (Isr, 3). 

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