Anand held by L''Ami; Giri shocks Carlsen

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By Our Chess Correspondent

Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Jan 17 (PTI) WorldChampion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by local hopefulErwin L''Ami in the third round of in group A of 73rd TataSteel Chess tournament here today.

With his second successive draw, Anand took his tally totwo points out of a possible three and will now play withwhite against Wang Hao of China ahead of the first rest day inthe category-20 round robin tournament between 14 players.

In the shocker of the day, world number one MagnusCarlsen of Norway blundered and went down to talented AnishGiri of Holland in mere 22 moves.

The victory with black pieces was Anish''s best till dateand this was the first time that the Nepal-origin 16-year oldscalped a 2800+ rated player.

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of United States emerged asthe sole leader with 2.5 points at the expense of AlexeiShirov of Spain.

The American took his tally to an impressive 2.5 pointsout of a possible three and is now a half point clear ofAnand, Giri and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia who all share thesecond spot.

Ten rounds still remain in this super tournament.

Anand played the black side of a Bogo Indian defense andwas in a spot of bother in the middle game as L''Ami had betterplaced pieces ready to cause the damage on the king side.

It took a lot of effort for the Indian ace to find thecounter-play and at the same time kept L''Ami''s pieces incheck.

The game took a decisive turn when L''Ami broke the centerand Anand countered it with a timely pawn sacrifice ensuringexchanges that led to a level queen and minor piece endgame.

The peace was signed on move 34.

In the "B" group held simultaneously, Grandmaster SuryaShekhar Ganguly did well to hold Zahar Efimenko of Ukrainefrom the black side of a Sicilian defense. Ganguly moved to1.5 points from his three games. Luke McShane leads thissection with all wins so far.

Tania Sachdev yet again impressed in the ''C'' group afterbeating Grandmaster Dariusz Swiercz of Poland.

Tania moved to two points that could have been three hadshe won an absolutely won position against joint-leaderKateryna Lahno of Ukraine in the second round. More PTI CorrAT

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