Shamkir chess: Anand draws with Grischuk, Carlsen extends lead

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SHAMKIR (Azerbaijan), April 8: India’s Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with Alexander Grischuk of Russia, while Norwegian Magnus Carlsen raced ahead with a crushing win over out-of-sort Dutchman Anish Giri in the seventh round of Shamkir chess tournament here.
Having lost to Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the previous round, Anand’s chances to catch up with Carlsen at the top have now almost evaporated as the reigning world champion is now 1.5 points ahead of the Indian with just two rounds to go in the category-22 event.
The other games in the ten-player round-robin tournament ended in draws.
Bulgarian Veselin Topalov split the point with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan, while the other local star Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also signed peace with Ding Liren of China. David Navara of Czech Republic shared the point with Karjakin.
Carlsen, on five points, is looking good for his fourth title here and he is now followed by Karjakin on 4.5 points.
Anand is still joint third on 3.5 points, sharing it with Grischuk, Topalov, Radjabov, Navara and Ding Liren.
Mamedyarov is on ninth spot on 2.5 points, while Giri is now sole last on just two points.
Anand did not get much from a heavily analysed Anti-Berlin as white and pieces changed hands at regular intervals.
The players arrived at a rook and opposite coloured Bishop end game where Anand had an extra pawn but not much of use. The game was soon drawn. (PTI)