Anand held by Morozevich in Tal Memorial chess

Updated: Nov 13, 2009, 20:04 PM IST

Moscow: Viswanathan Anand could not breach
Alexander Morozevich`s iron defence and settled for a draw to
remain joint second after seven rounds in the ongoing Tal
Memorial chess tournament here.

Playing with white, Anand was expected to crush
Morozevich, who is going through a slump in form, but the
Russian today stood his ground to walk away sharing the point.

With 4.5 points, Anand now share the second spot with
Vassily Ivanchuk, while Vladimir Kramnik leads the chart with
five points.

Anand plays Boris Gelfand in the eighth round.
Anand played aggressively and kept the back rank occupied
till the queens were off the board. But his strong display did
not lead to a decisive finish and both the players signed
truce after 36 moves.

Bureau Report