Anand draws with Bacrot; slips to joint third in Grenke chess

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New Delhi:Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India played out his third draw on the trot as he signed peace with Etienne Bacrot of France in the third round of Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden,Germany. After missing out on what should have been a full point in the previous round against Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany, Anand played it safe with black by going for the Berlin defense and did not have to exert himself with black against Bacrot, who also appeared satisfied with a draw.

Naiditsch, however, went on to record the biggest upset in the tournament by defeating World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in a keenly contested game. The German moved to joint lead along with Fabiano Caruana of Italy, who accounted for an out-of-sort Levon Aronian of Armenia.

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