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Anand held, slips to the second spot

Wijk aan Zee: Viswanathan Anand slipped to the second position of the 75th Tata Steel chess tournament, here, on Monday, after he was held to an easy draw by bottom-placed Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands in the eighth round.

After eight rounds, Anand is at second spot on 5.5 points.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway showed his determination and endgame skills to beat Sergey Karjakin of Russia to regain sole lead with five rounds to come in this category-20 super tournament. The victory took Carlsen to six points out of a possible nine.

The day produced three decisive games. Apart from Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana of Italy came good against Erwin L’Ami of the Netherlands, while Armenian Levon Aronian accounted for the lone woman participant, Yifan Hou of China.

P. Harikrishna played out a draw with Peter Leko of Hungary. Anish Giri of the Netherlands played an ultra-solid game to get the same result against Wang Hao of China.

In the other game of the day, American Hikaru Nakamura salvaged a much inferior endgame against local star Loek van Wely.

Apart from Carlsen and Anand, Aronian and Nakamura are also in with a chance. They have five points each for a shared third spot.