Viswanathan Anand maintained his joint second place on the Croatia Grand Chess Tour at Zagreb. At the top of the eighth spherical of the fast part, he had 4.5 factors, the identical as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and native lad Ivan Saric.
With only one spherical remaining, they had been half-a-point behind Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, who stored the only lead. All the ten video games performed over the 2 rounds on Friday had been drawn.
In the seventh spherical, Anand had his possibilities, with black items, towards Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland in a rook-against-minor-pieces ending, however he missed them. He drew with Saric within the eighth spherical.
The outcomes (after eight rounds):
1. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) 5 factors; 2-4. Viswanathan Anand, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) and Ivan Saric (Cro) 4.5.
5-6. Anish Giri (Ned) and Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol) 4.
7-9. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze), Alexander Grischuk (Rus) and Anton Korobov (Ukr) 3.5; 10. Jorden Van Foreest (Ned) 3.