The World champion’s sixth game was against Vassily Ivanchuk and there was no difference to the pattern.
Though Anand cannot be blamed for taking the logical result of the given position after his opponents also took him along those lines, his followers were certainly disillusioned because he has not tried to win a single game so far.
The positive side of the draws is that Anand is the world champion in all formats and he cannot be beaten; the flipside is that Anand cannot beat anyone and so how can he be world champion?
The world champion employed the Gruenfeld, one of his most trusted systems with black against Ivanchuk in the sixth round. Well analysed lines surfaces on the board and by the time Anand forced the exchange of queens on move 25, the end was in sight, though the game at no stage looked more than a draw. Four moves later, the rooks got exchanged and the position came down to a knight ending with six pawns with identical structures.
The kings made an attempt to march towards the opposite camp but at one point both of them had to repeat moves. Anand and Ivanchuk remained in second position with three points each after the 36-move draw.
The leaders also did not fare any better as Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and Sergey Karjakin of Russia split the point in 40 moves of Nimzo-Indian defence to keep their pole position with 3.5 points each. Later, Levon Aronian of Armenia too kept his share in the lead with a 40-move draw in Gruenfeld defence against Boris Gelfand of Israel.