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Anand draws with Caruana in London Classic

 LONDON, Dec 12 (PTI): Celebrating his 45th Birthday, five times world champion Viswanthan Anand played out an easy draw as white against Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the second round of London Chess Classic, here today.

 After showing deep preparation against Kramnik in the opener, Anand could not dent Caruana’s chances as black out of a Queen’s gambit declined and the Italian got an easy half point without having to exert himself at London’s Olympia Conference Centre.

This also resulted in Caruana opening his account on another bloody day in the Classic after a drubbing at the hands of local favourite Michael Adams in the first round.

Vladimir Kramnik of Russia scored a crushing victory over Hikaru Nakamura of United States to move up the ladder in this six-player five-round tournament. Kramnik took his tally to four points in the soccer-like scoring system in place here that gives three points for a win and one for a draw.

Anish Giri of Holland also won his first game in the Classic outplaying Adams in a nearly one-sided affair. Giri and Kramnik now share the lead on four points each, a point clear of Adams while Anand stands fourth on two points. Caruana with one point from two games is currently at the bottom of the tables with Nakamura.

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