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Anand draws with Leko in ninth round

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with Grandmaster Peter Leko of Hungary to remain second after the ninth round of the Tata Steel Chess tournament. Playing the black side of a Sicilian Najdorf, the Indian ace had little difficulty in maintaining the balance in an age-old variation and drew rather easily to take his tally to six points out of a possible nine.

Norwegian world number one Magnus Carlsen defeated Yifan Hou of China to increase his lead by a full point lead over Anand. The lead position remained unchanged as the only other decisive result came in the all-Dutch duel between Ivan Sokolov and Loek Van Wely wherein the latter attested his supremacy. Levon Aronian of Armenia and Hikaru Nakamura remained in joint third spot on 5.5 points following draws with Dutchmen Erwin L’Ami and Anish Giri respectively.

Grandmaster P Harikrishna remained on course for his best performance ever after drawing with Sergey Karjakin of Russia and the Indian shares the fifth spot along with the Russian on five points.
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