Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen played out yet another draw in Game 5 of the 2014 World Chess Championship in Sochi on Friday.
Challenger Anand could do very little in the game, despite having the slight advantage of playing with white pieces, as world champion Carlsen matched him move for move, ending the contest in a draw.
Anand and Carlsen are now tied at 2.5 points each. The Norwegian prodigy looked slightly disappointed at the post-game press conference as he had the better chances in the game. This was the third game in which the 23-year-old has failed to convert advantageous positions into a win.
Anand had managed a draw in the marathon opening game on Saturday, which was followed by an easy win for Carlsen in Game 2.
However, the Indian Grandmaster drew level by beating the defending champion in grand style in the third game on Tuesday, while the fourth meeting on Wednesday also ended in a draw after the veteran defended well.
The competition will have 12 games overall, and the first player to reach 6.5 points will be declared the new world champion.
The 2014 world championship has effectively been a rematch of last year's showpiece in Chennai as both Carlsen and Anand had appeared in the 2013 edition of the competition, though the Indian was the world champion then - and the Norwegian, the challenger.
Anand had lost to Carlsen 6.5-3.5 in Chennai after 10 of the 12 scheduled games, handing the then 22-year-old his first ever world championship.