After a roller coaster ride that involved a victory and three losses in the last four games, Anand drew following a tense battle.
Anish Giri of Holland joined overnight leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on top after defeating American counterpart Hikaru Nakamura in the high point of the eighth round.
Yet again, there was just one decisive game as despite pushing hard, world champion Magnus Carlsen was not able to break through the defenses of Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, while Armenian Levon Aronian drew with Alexander Grischuk.
In the other game of the day, Michael Adams of England played out his eighth draw on the trot against Vachier-Lagrave.

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