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Anand held by Spaniard in opener

Anand held by Spaniard in opener
World champion Viswanathan Anand got tangled in a complicated position and was held to a draw by little-known Spaniard Francisco Vallejo Pons  in the first round of the fifth Chess Masters final.

It was not a desirous start for the Indian ace, who played with white in the opener against the lowest-ranked player in the tournament, and Anand will be hoping for a better performance especially in the return game against Vallejo.

The six-player double round-robin event got off to a good start for the chess buffs with Armenian Levon Aronian crushing Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Italian Fabiano Caruana  doing an early damage to the aspirations of world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

Aronian and Caruana shot in to early lead following victories on three points in the unique event that will be split between Sao Paulo and Bilbao in Spain.

Anand shares the third spot on one point under the soccer-like scoring system and giving him company is Vallejo while Karjakin and Carlsen are yet to open their account.
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