Anand remains in joint lead after draw

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand settled for a draw with Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the sixth round to remain in joint lead in the 65th Corus Ch

Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands:

World champion Viswanathan Anand quickly settled for a draw with Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the sixth round to remain in joint lead in the 65th Corus Chess tournament. Anand shared the lead with the world's highest rated woman Judit Polgar of Hungary and local star Loek Van Wely, who put in another fine performance to beat erstwhile leader Evgeny Bareev of Russia. All three have four points each in their kitty and are followed by Grandmaster Alexie Shirov of Spain, who was defeated by Polish Grandmaster Michal Krasenkow yesterday. Shirov is on 3.5 points, while five players -- Braingames champion Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk (both Russia), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Bareev and Ivanchuk -- shared the fifth spot with three points each. Seven more rounds remain in this 14-player tournament. In the Grandmaster 'B' tournament, former world junior girls champion Koneru Humpy failed to stage a comeback after the second rest day too and went down against GM Jonny Hector of Sweden. Top seed GM Zhang Zhong of China continued with his winning run and scalped Dutch GM Harmen Jonkman to reach 5.5 points from six games. Humpy is placed a distant 12th right now on 1.5 points. (PTI)

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