Viswanathan Anand held to draw, Negi wins in third round at Corus

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Wijk Aan Zee (Netherlands), Jan 15 (UNI) World Champion Viswanathan Anand preferred a quick draw in just 17 moves against little-known Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine while another Indian Parimarjan Negi beat John van der Wiel to score his first point at the end of the third round of the Corus Grandmasters chess tournament.

In other groups, Pentala Harkrishna drew with Daniel Stellwagen of Netherlands in Group B but Koneru Humpy lost to Erwin L'Ami.

The World's highest rated player Anand has won the Wijk Aan Zee event five times in the past. But this time he has one point from three games with two draws and one loss. But with 10 rounds to go, he can still can catch up as he has in the past.

With all seven games in third round ending in draws, all positions remained unchanged and Anand was tied for 10th place.

The field is still led by Magnus Carlsen and Lev Aronian, who have 2.5 points each.

Eljanov started in an exciting manner in the Nimzo Indian opening.

It was an aggressive start from white (Eljanov), but Anand played perfectly giving no chances.

''It's a nice idea, but sometimes these things fizzle out fast,'' said Anand after the game. ''I was never in trouble.'' The game was drawn in just 17 moves when both realised getting a win was not possible.

In Group C, India's Parimarjan Negi at last found the winning touch with a win over John van der Wiel in 29 moves to get onto the scoreboard. The 14-year-old, who lost his first two games won in 29 moves in a French Winawer game.

In Group B the game continued to sparkle with decisive games. Hou Yifan demolished Nigel Short's Berlin defence, while Sergei Movsesian outplayed Mikhal Krasenkow. The only draw was agreed between Daniel Stellwagen and Pentala Harikrishna.

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