Anand held by Kramnik in Tata Steel chess tourney

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Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Jan 16 (PTI) WorldChampion Viswanathan Anand was easily held to a draw byarch-rival Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the second round ofthe group ''A'' of the ongoing 73rd Tata Steel chess tournamenthere.

After a fine win over Ruslan Ponomariov with black piecesin the super-tournament opener on Saturday, the Indian acecould not keep the momentum ticking in his favour as Kramnikwas well armed and better prepared and got the draw withoutany difficulties.

With just one decisive game in the premier group, Anandremained in joint lead along with Jan Smeets of Holland,Hikaru Nakamura of United States and lone winner of the dayIan Nepomniachtchi of Russia who defeated Wang Hao of China.

In ''B'' group, Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly made hispresence felt with a clinical display against Jon LudwigHammer of Norway. The Indian also opened his account in theprocess after starting with a first round loss against GabrielSargissian of Armenia.

Luke McShane of England got rewarded for his perseverancein a hard-fought game against Li Chao of China in this sectionand shot in to sole lead with his second win in a row.

Tania Sachdev''s luck deserted her in the ''C'' group as shelost to Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine from a completely winningposition. Falling under extreme ''time pressure'', Taniablundered at least twice and instead landed in a lost endgame.

Anand played the white side of a Nimzo Indian and hisCapablanca variation yielded nothing against Kramnik.

Subsequent exchanges led to a level endgame and the game wasdrawn in just 23 moves.

Earlier, Nakamura got an easy draw as black against LevonAronian of Armenia. This one proved to be the shortest game ofthe day lasting just 17 moves. .

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