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Kramnik holds Anand in London

Kramnik holds Anand in London
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the first round of the London Chess Classic on Thursday. After finishing joint third in the rapid open tournament, Anand showed deep preparation in the first classical game here and this was a good beginning for the Indian ace as he was not bothered at all with the black pieces
at London's Olympia Conference Centre.

The six-player five-round tournament saw local star Michael Adams emerging as early leader following a hard-earned victory over world number two Fabiano Caruana of Italy. The other game between Hikaru Nakamura of United States and Anish Giri of Holland was a tame draw without much action on the board.

With three points under the soccer-like scoring system, Adams enjoys a two point lead over Anand, Kramnik, Nakamura and Giri while Caruana will hope to open his account when he meets Anand in next round. Nakamura and Giri played a game of shadow boxing with neither able to impress the other out of a Ruy Lopez Berlin.
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