Anand plays second straight draw at chess Grand Slam

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Bilbao, Spain, Sep 4 (UNI) World champion Vishwanathan Anand was unable to break through the defence of young Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and settled for his second successive draw at the Bilbao Grand Slam Final Chess here.

The second day of the tournament produced all three draws, even though the players were discouraged from giving or accepting draws.

Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen continued to lead the field with four points, while Anand has two, following his back-to-back draws.

A new system of scoring is being tried on an experimental basis in this all-star event. A player gets three points for winning a game and one for a draw.

This system gives an edge to a player who scores a win and a loss, netting three points, over a player who scores two draws, which fetch him just two.

Anand played solidly system against the Sicilian Sveshnikov but failed to get any significant advantage from the opening. Radjabov came out with an interesting pawn sacrifice on the 12th move.

But returned the extra pawn and opted to complete his development. However, the game stayed equal. Radjabov went in for piece trade and that simplified the game.

The players agreed to split the point in a dead draw in opposite colour bishop ending after 34 moves.


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