Anand plays his third succesive draw, Negi, Harikishna win

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Wijk Aan Zee, Netherlands, Jan 16 (UNI) World champion Viswanathan Anand played his third successive draw while his compatriots Parimarjan Negi and P Harikrishna chalked out victories in the fourth round of the Corus International Chess tournaments here today.

Grand Master Parimarjan Negi continued with his good form as he defeated Chinese GM Li Shilong easily for his second straight win in Group C. While Harikrishna beat Wouter Spoelman (Holland) to emerge joint leader in Group B.

Harikrishna is now in joint lead along side Jan Smeets (Holland) and Etienne Bacrot (France) on three points. The other Indian in the fray, Koneru Humpy drew with English Nigel Short.

Playing the black side of a Queen pawn opening Negi won a pawn with a tactical move and finished the tie quickly. Arik Braun (Germany) won his fourth match in a row to remain the leader of this Group.

Harikrishna had to fight it out before overpowering Spoelman.

Playing the white side of an irregular Queen pawn game the Indian had a hard time as Spoelman matched his every move.

It was in the rook and pawns endgame that Harikrishna got a chance and he made no mistake in captalising on it for his second victory.

Anand drew with the English Grandmaster Michael Adams in Group A. Adams was resolute in his defensive bid as black and did not give many chances to his fancied rival Adams tried hard for a victory in the end.However it was a queen pawn opening by Anand as white, which lasted 56 moves before the two agreed to split points .

Anand is at the joint 10th spot with 1.5 points.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Armnia's Levon Aronian managed to hold on to the joint lead after playing a draw between themselves.

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