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Victory eludes Anand

London: 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, here, on Wednesday.

Another draw statistically mean that Anand hasn’t won for 17 classical games in a row, including four matches in the last World Championship.

Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen of Norway zoomed ahead of the field with a sparkling victory over Gawain Jones of England. With his third win in four games, Carlsen became the sole leader with 10 points.

The Norwegian is now followed by Kramnik, who is on eight points from four games and England’s Michael Adams is not far behind on seven from his three games.

American Hikaru Nakamura holds the fourth spot with five points, while following him closely is Levon Aronian of Armenia who coasted to a fine victory against Luke McShane. Anand has slipped to sixth spot with three points.

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.

The game was agreed drawn after 40 moves.