Viswanathan Anand settles for draw with Michael Adams in Grenke Classic opener

Playing the black side of a closed Ruy Lopez, the Indian ace was never in any trouble and went for an unusual manoeuvre taking his rook to the edge of the board on his 16th turn. As Adams corroborated after the game, "I found the idea very suspicious. I was completely unable to refute it in anyway but it looked a very funny move." Anand, on the other hand, was quite optimistic about his chances.

updated: February 08, 2013 11:16 IST
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Baden-Baden (Germany): World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a fighting draw with Michael Adams of England in the first round of the Grenke Chess Classic that got underway.

After a last round shocking loss against Wang Hao of China at the just-concluded Tata Steel Chess tournament, Anand seemed to be in fine fettle and his attempts at complications were met with some precise play by the Englishman.

Fabiano Caruana of Italy emerged as the early leader in the six-player double round-robin tournament with a crushing victory against Georg Meier of Germany. The other all-German affair between Arkadij Naiditsch and Daniel Fridman was drawn without much ado.

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