Monaco: World Champion Viswanathan Anand played a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fifth round of the 20th edition of Amber Blindfold and Rapid chess tournament and shot to the second spot.

Anand, who had three victories under his belt in the first four rounds, was stopped by a Karjakin and though he had a promising position in the rapid game on Friday, the Russian fought hard and brave.

The two drawn games helped Anand to better his tournament position even as Levon Aronian of Armenia broke away from the field with a handsome 2-0 victory over Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan.

With six rounds still to come in the tournament with a 2,27,000 Euros prize pool, Aronian took his tally to an excellent eight points out of a possible 10 while Anand is now sole second on 6.5 points in the combined standings.

Overnight joint leader Magnus Carlsen of Norway dropped to the third place following a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Russian Grischuk is now sole fourth with 5.5 points.

Aronian’s victory helped him to gain sole lead both in the blindfold and rapid section on four points each while Anand is joint second in blindfold along with Boris Gelfand of Israel and Grischuk and shares the same spot in the rapid along with Carlsen.

(Agencies)