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Viswanathan Anand draws with Hikaru Nakamura, stays joint third in Norway

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against Hikaru Nakamura of United States and remained in joint third position after the end of the fifth round of Norway Chess 2015, a part of the Grand Chess Tour.

Following a victory against world champion Magnus Carlsen in the previous round and a much deserving rest day thereafter, Anand had his task cut out against Nakamura. The American had a small advantage but it remained just that as Anand played the defensive part to perfection.

Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria again got lucky as local hero Jon Ludvig Hammer blundered in a dead-drawn endgame to hand another point to the Bulgarian in a platter. It may be recalled that in the first round, Carlsen had lost to Bulgarian in a completely winning position as he was not aware of the rules related to time control here.

With his fourth win in the tournament, Topalov moved to 4.5 points out of a possible five and stands clear second in live world rankings behind Carlsen. Nakamura is now a full point behind the leader while Anand and Anish Giri of Holland are on three points apiece from their five games.

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