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Anand is held by Fabiano

Zurich: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand opened his account after signing peace with Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the third round of the Zurich Chess Challenge now underway.

After two uncharacteristic defeats coming against world champion Levon Aronian of Armenia and Hikaru Nakamura of the US, Anand put an end to his losses with a draw where he had to defend for a while in the early stages.

World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway was the lucky one in the third round as he not only escaped from defeat at the hands of Nakamura but also turned the tables upside down to score a victory.

The second win in his third game gave Carlsen a full-point lead over his nearest rivals as the Norwegian took his tally to five points. Under the unique scoring system that gives two points for a win and one for a draw in Classical games, Aronian slipped to second spot on four points and he is now followed by Nakamura and Caruana on three points each.

Israeli Boris Gelfand stands sole fifth in the six-player tournament on two points while Anand with a sole draw is at the bottom of the table with two rounds in Classical and five rounds in Rapid chess still to come.

Anand went for the Slav defense as black and the game went in to uncharted territories early. Caruana was looking for some advantage with his pair of bishops in the ensuing middle game but Anand came up with a pawn sacrifice to neutralise white's initiative.

The Italian himself came under pressure after returning the pawn and many experts believed that Anand could have played for more.