Anand draws with Liren Ding to end joint 3rd in Bilbao Masters
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand ended his stint at the Bilbao Masters Final with a draw against Liren Ding of China in the sixth and final round in Bilbao.
Anand finished with five draws and a lone loss in the four-player double round-robin tournament and for the second time in a row, the Indian ace ended a Classical tournament win-less after he drew seven and lost two at the Sinquefield Cup earlier this year.
USA's Wesley So defeated Anish Giri of Holland in the tiebreak blitz games to win the event after the two overnight leaders drew their final game under normal time control.
Both Wesley and Giri ended on an identical eight points with one victory and five draws apiece, while Anand and Ding pocketed five points apiece.
The soccer-like scoring system that gave three points for a win and one point for a draw did not encourage many decisive games in the tournament for once as only two games ended decisively -- a loss for Anand against Giri and a first round victory for Wesley against Ding. There were 12 games in all.
The games were fought hard in the last round too and Anand had a real chance to score his first win. Ding opened with the English opening as white and Anand countered it easily, getting the initiative early in the middle game.