Prime News, National and International Sport, Chess, Wijk Aan Zee (Netherlands), January 13:- Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Russian Grandmaster Vladislav Artemiev in the first round of Tata Steel Masters at Wijk Aan Zee in The Netherlands on Sunday.
Playing the major event for the 18th time Anand temporarily won a pawn and later decided to force equality through an exchange sacrifice. On move thirty one, the draw was agreed with neither player having any real chance.
Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway played against one of his arch-rival Anish Giri of Holland and the result was another draw. The biggest headline of the day was 16-year old Iranian Firouza Alireza who made a superb start to his maiden campaign in a super tournament defeating Vladislav Kovalev.
Local hopeful Jorden Van Foreest was the other winner of the opening day at the expense of Yu Yangyi of China. Meanwhile, in the Challengers section being organised simultaneously, Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly scored a fine victory over Max Warmerdam of Holland while another Indian talent Nihal Sareen played out a draw with Nils Grandelius of Sweden. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)