World Champion Viswanthan Anand had to find some brilliant resources but in the end the Indian ace found them all to hold nemesis Levon Aronian of Armenia in the fourth round of Tal memorial international chess tournament in Moscow.
In the eyes of many experts, Anand was close to lost and on the verge of registering his second loss against Aronian in as many games following the Bilbao final masters.
However some precise manoeuvres saw the Indian ace salvage the half point and it bodes well fort he last five games in the strongest tournament ever.
As a matter of fact, all five games of the fourth round ended in draws leaving the scoring board as it was after the third round. It means that the four way lead remained intact between Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Aronian with all having 2.5 points each.
Anand remained in joint fifth spot on two points having drawn all his games and giving him company is Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and World cup winner Peter Svidler of Russia. With five rounds still to come in the strongest super tournament,
Results round 4: Levon Aronian (Arm, 2.5) drew with V Aannd (Ind, 2); Boris Gelfand (Isr, 1) drew with Peter Svidler (Rus, 2); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2.5) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 2.5); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 1.5) drew with Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 2); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 2.5) drew with Hikaru Nakamura (Usa, 2).