Bilbao, Spain:World champion Viswanathan Anand played his third draw in a row with Levon Aronian of Armenia at the Bilbao chess Grand Slam final on Thursday.
That saw Anand slip to joint third in the standings with a tally of three points in the soccer-like scoring system that gives three points for a win and one for a draw. The Indian ace is currently two points behind new tournament leader Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and one point behind Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
In the other two games of the six-player double round robin event, Topalov outplayed Carlsen while Azerbaijani Teimour Radjabov played out a draw with Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine.
With seven rounds still to be played, Topalov with one win and draw has five points while Carlsen with a win, one loss and one draw has four points in his kitty.
Anand with black gave a solid display against Aronian in a Slav defense game. After the opening the players reached a position akin to the Queen's gambit accepted and even as Aronian tried hard, Anand was always on guard. The draw came in 42 moves.
Results round 3: Levon Aronian (Arm, 2) drew with Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 3); Teinour Radjabov (Aze, 3) drew with Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 3); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 4) lost to Veselin Topalov (Bul, 5).