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Anand stays in the lead

Khanty Mansiysk: Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against lowest ranked Dmitry Andreikin of Russia in the fifth round, but kept the lead at the Candidates chess tournament, here, on Tuesday.

It turned out to be a no-hassle day for Anand as the Indian was seen pressing for an advantage towards the end of the game. The draw took Anand to 3.5 points out of a possible five and he keeps his half point-lead with the end of the first half now approaching near.

Anand chose the Berlin Defence, an opening he has not been able to break himself as white for some time and Andreikin employed the closed set up that was on expected lines.

The Russian got a slightly favourable position in the middlegame but was made to sweat hard for more by Anand who played at a good speed.

It was time pressure that led Andreikin to difficulties and Anand was fighting for an advantage towards the end of the first time control. The Russian, however, got his act together just in time to find the path to equality after trading the Queens. The peace was signed after 42 moves.