Prime News, International Sports, Chess, Stavanger (Norway), June 1:- World rapid champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by rising Chinese star Ding Liren in the third round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament here on Thursday.
With the invincible tag around him these days, Ding Liren did not face any real danger from Anand, who has 1.5 points in all.
The Chinese has not lost a game in classical chess since August 2017 and even though Anand had a new idea and some semblance of an advantage in the closed Ruy Lopez opening, Liren was able to neutralise that.
It was on the 16th move that Anand came up with a prepared idea, an improvement over an earlier game played by Liren in the Candidates’ tournament this year.
The Indian ace sacrificed a pawn and felt that he somehow let it slip it in the middle game when he had chances to fight for the advantage. As it happened in the game, Liren closed the queen side and the game was drawn in 35 moves. -(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)