Anand signs peace with Giri at Tata Steel Master

WIJK AAN ZEE (Netherlands): Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand He played his second draw in three games, signing the peace with Anish Giri from Holland in the third round of the Tata Steel Masters on Tuesday.

It was an amazing decision from Anand to accept a Giri draw proposal in a rather better position with white pieces.

It was an opening of king pawn by Anand that led to a defense of Berlin by Giri. Anand faced a new idea as soon as on move nine and took his opportunity to get a good position for move 12.

While Anand had central control and finely deployed forces that exert pressure, Giri was charged with a passive position looking at a difficult defense.

It was on move 21 that Giri thought he was out of trouble and proposed a draw. I did not offer to accept; I offered a raffle to change the course of the game a bit. I thought I was already surviving the position but I felt too uncomfortable and spent too much time. , Giri explained the reasoning behind his tie offer after the game.

Anand thought for some time before finally accepting the offer.

Playing bass FIDE flag, Alireza Firouzja He scored his second victory in the tournament crossing Vladislav Artemiev of Russia.

The Iranian who no longer represents his native country was a class act in a defense game of Caro Kann as a target giving Artemiev little respite throughout the game.

Firouzja became the only leader with 2.5 points out of a possible three and is now followed by Jorden Van Foreest of the Netherlands and the American trio of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Jeffery Xiong, who have two points each.

With ten rounds to come in the 14-player round-robin tournament, world champion Magnus Carlsen shares sixth place with 1.5 points, while Anand shares eleventh place with only one point in three games.

In the 'Challenges' section organized simultaneously, Surya Shekhar Ganguly remained in the joint lead in two points after drawing with the young Uzbek Nodirbek Abdusattarov. The other Indian here, Nihal Sareen played his third draw in the event with Anton Smirnov of Australia.

Results round 3 Masters: Jorden Van Foreest (Ned 2) beat Daniil Dubov (Rus, 1.5); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 1.5) drew with Jeffery Xiong (Usa, 2); Fabiano Caruana (Usa, 2) beat Yu, Yangyi (Chn, 0.5); V Anand (Ind, 1) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 1); Nikita Vitiugov (Rus, 1) drew with Wesley So (Usa, 2) l Alireza Firouzja (Fid, 2.5) beat Vladislav Artemiev (Rus, 1.5); Vladislav Kovalev (Blr, 0.5) drew with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol, 1.5).

Challengers: David Anton Pebble (Esp, 1.5) tied with Rauf Mamedov (Aze, 2); Jan Smeets (Ned, 2) drew with Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz, 1.5); Surya Shekhar Ganguly (Ind, 2) drew with Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzb, 1); Erwin L'Ami (Ned, 2) drew with Lucas Van Foreest (Ned, 1.5); Vincent Keymer (Ger, 1) drew with Max Warmerdam (Ned, 1); Nihal Sarin (Ind, 1.5) drew with Anton Smirnov (Aus, 1); Nils Grandelius (Swe, 1) tied with Pavel Eljanov (Ukr, 2).