Three share lead, Viswanathan Anand engages in marathon draw

New Delhi, Nov 9: Reigning world rapid champion Viswanathan Anand was engaged in a 145-move marathon draw on a day three players, including Pentala Harikrishna, shared the lead after round three of the Tata Steel Chess India 2018 here on Friday.
World number three Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, current World Cup winner Levon Aronian and India number two Harikrishna shared the lead with two points apiece.
Four players including reigning world rapid champion Vishwanathan Anand follow the pack of leaders with 1.5 points.
The 10 participants play a single round robin (all play all) Rapid Tournament on first three days followed by a double round robin Blitz tournament on November 13 and 14 and the winner of the USD 40,000 tournament will be decided on cumulative points.
The five-time former world champion, who is playing his first tournament in India in five years, drew all his three rounds including a 145-move draw against Wesley So of USA in round one.
Terming it most interesting, Anand said: “I think there are days when I have not played 145 moves so to do it in one game was nice. And I was clearly lost at one point. I was relieved when he did not find that.”
Anand chose to deploy the Italian opening against Wesley and the players blitzed out some well-known theory.
The position had been more or less equal and heading to a draw before Anand blundered on the 41st move with the pawn to a5.
Wesley had the chance to win the game himself but returned the favour by grabbing Anand’s pawn with Kc3. Agencies