Anand again draws with Gelfand

May 27, 2012, 04:42 IST | Agencies

Gelfand holds reigning champion Anand for a ninth draw; one more game left to avoid tie-breaker in world championship

The 11th game of the World Chess Championship between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand ended in yet another stalemate.

Viswanathan Anand. Pic/Getty Images.

Saturday’s draw was the ninth between the duo, both share a win each, as the scores now stand at 5.5-5.5.

The 24-move draw, it was the third straight tie in the Championship, under the normal time control gives the Indian Grandmaster a slight edge as he plays with white in the last game.

If the deadlock continues, the winner will be decided via short tie-break games.

The Indian Grandmaster’s Nizmo Indian Defence proved a point when he came out with a rare move on the eighth turn. Gelfand wasted for 30 minutes after this, but still failed to take advantage.

Silver for Indian men

China: Indian men beat Iraq 4-0 to win silver in the Asian Nations Chess Cup on Saturday.

P Harikrishna, Parimarjan Negi, Abhijeet Gupta and G N Gopal collected 15 points to finish second behind China-1, who beat Mongolia 3.5-0.5 to win gold.
In the women’s event, India secured bronze.

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