Moscow: Indian ace Viswanathan Anand played out a thrilling draw with Holland’s Anish Giri but bowed out of contention for a ticket to the World Championship after the 13th and penultimate round of the Candidates Chess Tournament.
For the first time in 10 years, there will be a World Championship without Anand, who has won the crown as many as five times.
Either Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine or Fabiano Caruana of United States will challenge Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the next World Championship match slated to be held in November this year.
While Anand drew, Karjakin had to hold his nerves together to hold a piece down endgame against Levon Aronian of Armenia and Caruana’s endgame advantage did not prove enough as Peter Svidler of Russia proved equal to the American. In the other game of the day, Hikaru Nakamura accounted for Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to bounce back to a 50 per cent score.
Karjakin and Caruana share the lead now on 7.5 points and meet each other in the deciding final round.