Khanty Mansiysk: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand signed peace with Peter Svidler of Russia in the seventh round to play out his fourth consecutive draw at the Candidates Chess tournament.
At the half-way stage, Anand took his tally to 4.5 points out of a possible seven and will have an easier second half wherein he has four white games lined up out of seven.
In another game, Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria was outdone by Dmitry Andreikin in the big upset of the day. Svidler was a bit tentative in the closed Ruy Lopez after Anand went for the Berlin defense – the flavour of the season.
The Indian got into the groove pretty fast with his knights moving to the Kingside for some rapid action in the early stages of the middle game. Svidler felt the heat but did not give much away.
The critical moment was when Anand could win a pawn. Anand, in the end, concluded that it was all a bit “messy”. However, the game was far from over as Anand came up with a positional queen sacrifice to liven things up.