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Anand held

Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands): World champion Viswanathan Anand missed out on his chances and drew with Dutch champion Anish Giri, while P. Harikrishna held higher-ranked Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the second round of the 75th edition of Tata Steel Chess tournament.

After an easy draw in the first round as white, Anand was happy to get an uncompromising position against Giri and stood better but the Dutchman got off the hook finding some precise defense in the endgame.

The second round did not produce any decisive games even though all the games were hard fought. As a result, the lead positions remained unchanged and Harikrishna continued to sit at the top along with Russian Sergey Karjakin on 1.5 points from two games.

Anand remained in the pack of ten players sharing the third spot on one point, while former world women’s champion Yifan Hou of China and Giri remained at the bottom of the table with a half point in this category-20 super tournament being played on a round-robin basis between 14-players.

The talking point in the round, however, was whether Giri had a devastating attack against Anand. Out of a closed Ruy Lopez, Giri threw his pieces at Anand's King and the position looked dangerous but the judgement of world champion simply proved superior.

(PTI)