Mexico:Top seeded Viswanathan Anand survived a few anxious moments before settling for a draw with arch-rival and defending champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the third round of the World Chess championship in Mexico.
Anand inched himself up to 2 points from two games and continued to lead the tables along with Kramnik. The day witnessed Russian Alexander Morozevich warding off his previous round loss as he scalped another Russian- Peter Svidler in a keenly contested game.
The other games of the third round were drawn as Alexander Grischuk from Russia signed peace with Levon Aronian of Armenia while Hungarian Peter Leko reached the same result against Boris Gelfand of Israel.
With 11 rounds still to come in this 8-players double round robin event where each player meets the others twice, Morozevich, Gelfand, Grischuk and Leko share the third spot on 1.5 points each while Aronian and Svidler are now at the bottom of the tables with one point apiece.
For the second time in three days Anand faced the Petroff defense.
Earlier in the first round Gelfand had played the same opening against the Indian ace and had got an easy half point.
In the post game conference Kramnik said that he was 'well prepared' for this key match and indeed, as it happened, black had some practical chances.
Anand played the opening nonchalantly but was in trouble after the queens got traded as one of his far advanced pawn came under mortal danger. Kramnik pocketed the pawn and transposed to a rook and pawns endgame which needed precise defense from Anand.