Anand draws second successive game

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Viswanathan Anand draws 2nd game of semi-finals with GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the World Chess Championships at State Kremlin Palace.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Defending champion Viswanathan Anand drew his second successive game of the semi-finals with Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the World Chess Championships at the State Kremlin Palace here today. Playing white, Anand did not get any advantage out of the opening and had to settle for the draw after just 18 moves. The result is now tied 1-1 in the four-game match. In case of a 2-2 deadlock after the fourth game, tiebreak games of shorter duration will be played to determine the winner. "Somehow the opening just fizzled out in to an equality," said Anand after the game. Asked whether he expected this result and this opening set-up against Ivanchuk, Anand said, "Well you just play chess without keeping results in mind. As for the opening, I think he did play a bit unusually, but I can't say really. The Queens are getting exchanged by force and I don't have anything". (PTI)

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