Viswanathan Anand retains World Chess Championship.

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  1. nandu

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    Veselin Topalov takes lead against Viswanathan Anand

    World champion Viswanathan Anand got into trouble early in the first game and surrendered meekly in 30 moves against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria at the Military Club in Sofia on Saturday.

    The 12-game World championsip match started with Anand (black) walking into the Bulgarian’s aggressive opening preparation in the Grunfeld Defence, a dynamic opening that was used for the first time between the two players in 86 games.

    The opening was more like a T20 start when both Topalov and Anand reeled off the first 20 moves in just 10 minutes. The first 18 moves were completed in just four minutes, obviously from the book. Topalov and Anand have good experience in playing the Grunfeld against other opponents but strangely they had not used this against each other in any of their classical, rapid or blitz games before.

    Topalov’s Queen-pawn openings against Anand had before this invariably resulted in Queen’s Indian Defence, Queen’s Gambit, Catalan or Nimzo-Indian. On move 15, Topalov sacrificed a pawn and on the next he varied from one of his games against Gata Kamsky and looked set for steering the game to a complex position. But Anand responded characteristically with a novelty and placed the Queen in the sixth rank. This made the Bulgarian think hard for five minutes.

    Between moves 26 and 28, Topalov took control of the seventh rank with his rooks and forced Anand’s resignation quickly with an exchange sacrifice. The game lasted 135 minutes.

    Topalov-Anand (Game 1)

    Grunfeld Defence 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 O-O 10.O-O Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bh6 cxd4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.cxd4 exd4 16.Rac1Qd6 17.f4 f6 18.f5 Qe5 19.Nf4 g5 20.Nh5 Kg8 21.h4 h6 22.hxg5 hxg5 23.Rf3 Kf7 24.Nxf6 Kxf6 25.Rh3 Rg8 26.Rh6+ Kf7 27.Rh7 Ke8 28. Rcc7 Kd8 29. Bb5 Qxe4 30.Rxc8+ 1-0.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...st-Viswanathan-Anand-/articleshow/5854511.cms
     
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    Anand will bounce back. Two of the best players in the world in action. Would be an interesting match.
     
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    I too hope that he will get back to form soon.
     
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    WC schedule:

    April 24 (9:00 am Lubbock time - U.S. central time) - Game 1
    April 25 (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 2

    April 26 - Rest Day

    April 27 (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 3
    April 28 (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 4

    April 29 - Rest Day

    April 30 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 5
    May 1 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 6

    May 2 - Rest Day

    May 3 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 7
    May 4 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 8

    May 5 - Rest Day

    May 6 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 9
    May 7 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 10

    May 8 - Rest Day

    May 9 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 11

    May 10 - Rest Day

    May 11 - (7:00 am U.S. central time) - Game 12

    May 12 - Rest Day

    May 13 - Tie breaks
     
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    A volcanic trip – with the Lord of the rings

    21.04.2010 – On Thursday Vishy Anand embarked on a trip from his house in Madrid, Spain, to the World Championship match. He got as far as Frankfurt, Germany, and was stopped by the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. Frantic planning followed, and on Tuesday morning, after a 40-hour drive, he arrived with his team in Sofia, Bulgaria. A team member has sent us this remarkable report.

    How World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand travelled to Sofia

    Five countries, 2000 kilometres, about a million potholes, an unexpected ferry and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. A report of a crazy road trip through Europe. – A team member reports

    Months of careful planning for the chess world championship in Sofia by the Anand team were disrupted by a volcano in Iceland, located under Eyjafjallajökull, one of the smaller glaciers of the North Atlantic island. Tens of thousands of people were stranded on airports in Europe. One on them was Viswanathan Anand, who had travelled with his wife and manager Aruna from Madrid to Frankfurt on Thursday April 15th. They planned to continue their journey to Sofia on Friday April 16, together with three other travellers. Two more seconds were to fly from other airports in Europe to the Bulgarian capital on Friday to join the team there. On Thursday April 15, Hans-Walter Schmitt and another helper of the Anand team flew to Sofia to prepare the arrival of the team Friday. The plan was good and well thought through. But then, on Friday, the bad news was that the ash cloud from Iceland had reached Frankfurt Airport and the airport had to be closed at 09.00 a.m. This meant that the planned flight to Sofia, LH3484, which was scheduled to depart at 10.05 a.m., was cancelled, just like hundreds of other flights. It was quite unclear how long the airport would remain closed, therefore Aruna Anand and the team decided to rebook for the evening flight, LH3488, which was scheduled for 19.45 p.m.

    Anand’s baggage was checked through to Sofia. Since it was not clear, however, if the evening flight would depart on time, or depart at all, Aruna thought that it wise to collect the checked-through baggage from Madrid, just to have everything under control in case of another cancellation. She was in close contact with Lufthansa, who were very cooperative, and picked up the baggage herself on Friday afternoon. You should know that finding four pieces of luggage in a major airport like Frankfurt is not an easy task, especially when there are heavy disruptions. Only in case of an emergency, e.g. if somebody has life-saving medicine in his suitcase, an airline is willing to make baggage available for the passenger. After solving this problem, it soon became clear that the evening flight to Sofia would not depart as well, since Frankfurt airport would be closed until Saturday morning at 02:00 a.m. Once again the tickets were rebooked, and despite a long waiting list, Anand and his team were accepted and even got boarding passes for the first flight on Saturday, April 17, LH3484, at 10.05 a.m. However, on Friday, when it became clear that the situation at all major airport was becoming more and more critical, Aruna Anand and her team had already started searching for alternatives. Plans were made to travel to Vienna, which had one of the airports that was still open at that time, to get a flight from there. However, Vienna also closed down on Friday evening.

    Aruna began to study other train schedules in detail, but it soon became clear that everything was booked out and it was absolutely impossible to get a ticket. Team Anand also had to bear in mind, that travelling to Sofia by a land route was also problematic, since not every country on the way would accept transit travellers from India without a valid visa! The shortest route is via Serbia, for that Anand and his wife would need a visa, which was impossible to at such a short notice.There were some very generous offers from Anand supporters, who wanted to help get the world champion and his team to Sofia as quickly as possible. Wolfgang Grenke, one of the main sponsors of the Chess Classic, and sponsor of the Bundesliga team Baden Baden, in which Anand plays, offered Anand the use of his private jet. However, German authorities could not give him permission to fly, since the airspace in Germany was now completely blocked. Even German chancellor Angela Merkel had to take an overland route when she arrived from San Francisco on Friday and was not allowed to enter German airspace.

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    The Mercedes Sprinter that transported the World Champion's team to Sofia

    On Saturday, after another cancellation of all flights from Frankfurt and other airports in Germany, including all flights to Sofia, it became obvious that there was only one final possibility to reach Sofia: by car. However, most car rentals, taxi companies and other VIP services simply had no cars and staff available, while companies that did simply refused to drive all the way to Bulgaria. Finally, after many hours of trying, team Anand managed to find a VIP service by Taxi Lagerberg, located in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. They contacted two of their best drivers, Paul Oostheim and Peer Reintjes, on Saturday, and asked them to stop their shift immediately, in order to be able to drive to Bad Soden on Sunday. This is 500 kilometres from Amstelveen, a five hour drive.

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    Bad Soden, Sunday morning: the bags are packed in the Mercedes Sprinter

    In the meantime, two more seconds of Anand arrived, very late on Saturday, in Bad Soden to join the team. They had originally intended to fly to Sofia on Friday, but after the closure of the airspace, they had redirected to Bad Soden. To do so they had to travel more than twelve hours by train on Saturday, coming from different countries. But they made it somehow – what other choice did they have?

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    Anand second Peter Heine Nielsen checks that everything is safely tucked in

    On Sunday morning, at 11:00 a.m., the Mercedes Sprinter, equipped with all kinds of amenities like a fridge, two TV screens and a DVD player, arrived in Bad Soden and after picking up the team in the hotel, the journey started at 11.28h. The drivers had prepared the route for Sunday: we would cross the Germany border in Passau, drive through Austria and continue to Budapest, to spend the night there. That was a 1000 kilometre trip, and after a smooth drive with a lot of sunshine the team arrived in Budapest at 22.30 p.m. Bear in mind that the drivers had started their trip in Amstelveen at 06.00 a.m.

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    One of the many stops at a filling station en route to Bulgaria

    On Monday, the journey continued at 08.00 a.m. with a morning traffic jam in Budapest. But the drivers managed to get the team out of the city pretty fast, and the drive to Szeged was easy, despite the heavy rain. The Rumanian border was reached at 13.30 p.m. The team had to transfer to Bulgaria via Rumania, because this country will accept Indian passports without a visa. The border was crossed near Arad, the federal border police recognised Anand. After crossing the border we started to watch the first film of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the extended version to be precise.

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    Welcome to Timisoara in Romania

    We had to drive 480 km through Rumania to the city of Vidin at the Bulgarian border. If you use Google Maps you may find it a bit strange that we had to reckon with 9-10 hours for this fairly short distance. But when you actually have to drive this route you understand why it takes so long: there are numerous construction zones, about every ten kilometres, dead dogs and cats on the road have to be avoided, and there are about a million potholes. To make the situation even more difficult for the drivers it was raining continuously – a miracle that the car survived these extremely bad road conditions. Even the two very experienced drivers had never seen such bad roads.

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    Road conditions made for a long and arduous journey through Romania.

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    ... with long traffic lock-ups on narrow, wet highways

    In the car however, the atmosphere was very good, there was food and drink, and the second “Lord of the Rings” film, “The Two Towers”, helped us pass the time. After more than twelve hours driving through Romania, at 22.35h, we finally reached Calafat in Romania to cross the border to Bulgaria. That was when we saw a long queue and a ferry, and it dawned upon the passengers that there is no bridge across the river “Romania” and we would have to use the ferry. That meant waiting until enough cars had arrived for the ferry to cross the river. After over an hour, just before midnight, the ferry started, and twenty minutes later, on 20 April at 12:05 a.m., Anand finally reached Bulgarian territory. One of the Bulgarian border officers checked the passports in the bus. When he read “Anand” aloud he realized that he was checking the passport of the chess world champion and started laughing: “Ah, Anand!“ Without any further checks we were allowed to pass. Only 250 km left to Sofia, with about four more hours to go, but the story is not completely over. In the meantime, the last part of the Ring-trilogy, “The Return of the King”, was running in our Sprinter DVD, and we were confident that we would reach Sofia at about 04.00 a.m. that night. And, dear readers, when the streets are empty, when you have driven 36 hours and your destination is within reach, you want to get there as quickly as possible. With only 100 km to go, at 02.15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 20, the Bulgarian police noticed a dark Mercedes Sprinter with a Dutch license plate, driving a just a little too fast. You guessed right: we had to stop and the driver had to explain why he was speeding (74 km instead of the allowed 50) – and what he was doing in Bulgaria. However, when the driver told the very friendly police officer that Vishy Anand and his team were on board, the officer smiled and said: “Ok, take him to Sofia, but not too fast, ok?!“

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    Arriving in Sofia in the early hours of the morning

    Without a fine we continued the last leg of the journey to Sofia, although we were stopped again by the police, this time just for a routine traffic check. Finally, at 05.30 a.m. after travelling for more than 40 hours, we arrived at our destination – just in time to have an early breakfast. There was only one problem: we arrived at the Hilton Sofia still a little too early and had missed the last hour of “The Return of the King“. We will have to watch that on our way home…
     
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    FIDE World Chess Championship – Anand bounces back in style, Wins Game 2

    In an unexpected turn of events World Champion Vishwanathan Anand took Game 2 against Veselin Topalov by the scruff of its neck, wresting the initiative and leaving his opponent with plenty to ponder during the rest day on Monday. Anand, playing white, beat his opponent into submission piling pressure and closing corners. Topalov resigned on the 43rd move after battling for four hours, with no hope left for a reprieve.

    In an exhibition of immense calm under pressure, Anand put aside the misery of the first game to plot the downfall of Topalov and draw the FIDE World Chess Championship level at 1-1. He borrowed a leaf out of his erstwhile rival Vladamir Kramnik's book by starting play with the Catalan Opening.

    Topalov started in typically aggressive fashion, taking a pawn in just his fourth move. The big move came from Anand on the 15th when he offered an exchange of queens. The result of this move would only be visibly felt much later in the game, as Anand worked his way back from a disjointed pawn structure to claim back a pawn.

    Anand was in a strong position by the 27th move, having claimed back his sacrificed pawn. Both players were working off the queenside, with the knights resting firmly in the center. Anand continued to build his advantage, collecting the queenside pawns, one by one.

    Topalov tried to induce Anand into exchanging rooks, but the Indian great would have none of it. Finally, the Bulgarian playing at home in Sofia had no option but to resign.

    "It was a complicated game, but at some point I started to make mistakes," admitted a despondent Topalov at the post-game press conference organised by the tournament officials in Sofia.

    Anand was upbeat after this critical victory in the second game. "The main thing after a game like that is to sleep - which was impossible," said Anand, "and after that to play a good game." [which he ofcourse managed to do!]

    The match is now interestingly poised, with Anand apparently back at his best inspite of the long and arduous road journey which wrecked his early preparations for this important Championship battle.

    The players will rest on Monday and return to the third game, with Veselin enjoying whites, on Tuesday.

    http://www.thesportscampus.com/2010...d-chess-championship-anand-bounces-back-in-st
     
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    Wow. Great comeback by the champion!

    From now on, I think its Anand all the way.
     
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    Peace treaty signed on move 46 in the third game

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    Following the rest day on Monday, the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria resumed today with the third game in which Topalov leads White pieces.

    Topalov repeated 1. d4 from the first game of the match but Anand archived the Gruenfeld Indian and took up the solid Slav defence.

    Instead of jumping into complications after 7. f3 Bb4, Black opted to shake the White center with 7...c5 and exchange the annoying Ne5 as soon as possible. He obtained a slightly passive, but very resisting position, in which the Queens were exchanged early on.

    Topalov tried to create some play on the queenside, while Anand carefully avoided conceding any weaknesses and slowly improved the position of the pieces.

    A pair of pawns from the queenside went off as Topalov intended to extend the scope of his Rooks and press on the a6-pawn. At that time, Black Bishop was still on g8 and out of play.

    But Topalov then played solidifying moves in succession, aiming to prevent opponent's counterplay, and Anand used this time to fully reactivate the Bishop via f7-e8-d7.

    Following the further piece exchange on b5, the draw became inevitable. Peace treaty was signed on move 46.

    Game four is taking place on Wednesday, 15:00 local time, and Anand will play with White pieces.

    http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/news&article_id=59.html
     
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    Game 4: Anand leads by one point after the second Catalan opening in the match

    The fourth game of the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria saw another Catalan opening on the board. This is the first opening that was played twice in the match, the players are obviously willing to have a theoretical discussion.

    Topalov was the one to deviate from the second game, as early as on move 5, when he played the sharper Bb4+ instead of a6.

    Similar to the earlier Catalan game, Black clutched onto the extra pawn while White tried to take advantage of his faster pieces' development.

    Anand aggressively advanced in the center to break opponent's pawn formation and open up the files and diagonals. At the same time, Topalov was carefully clearing the queenside in order to reduce the positional pressure.

    The game appeared to be taking a normal course but then Anand's sudden Knight movement (e3-g4) caught Topalov without guard and on the wrong foot.

    Not hesitating much, Anand knocked a piece sacrifice on h6 and picked a strong attack against the Black King.

    Still precision was needed in carrying out the assault, but Anand never blinked and found the crushing 25. e5!

    Topalov continued for a few moves more, but resigned at the imminent danger of a mate. Anand takes the lead in the match 2,5-1,5, tomorrow is a rest day and the games continue on Friday at 15:00.


    http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/news&article_id=67.html
     
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    World Chess Championship Match: Anand won game #4. Anand – Topalov 2,5:1,5

    FIDEJust a few minutes ago the game #4 finished in Sofia. The current world champion Vishy Anand won it and takes lead in the match 2,5:1,5. Here is the game:1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 a5 7. Qc2 Bxd2+ 8. Qxd2 c6 9. a4 b5 10. Na3 Bd7 11. Ne5 Nd5 12. e4 Nb4 13. O-O O-O 14. Rfd1 Be8 15. d5 Qd6 16. Ng4 Qc5 17. Ne3 N8a6 18. dxc6 bxa4 19. Naxc4 Bxc6 20. Rac1 h6 21. Nd6 Qa7 22. Ng4 Rad8 23. Nxh6+ gxh6 24. Qxh6 f6 25. e5 Bxg2 26. exf6 Rxd6 27. Rxd6 Be4 28. Rxe6 Nd3 29. Rc2 Qh7 30. f7+ Qxf7 31. Rxe4 Qf5 32. Re7 1-0

    http://www.elo2000.com/2010/04/world-chess-championship-match-anand-won-game-4-anand-topalov-2515/
     
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    Game 5 � a draw in Slav Defence

    The President of Bulgaria Mr. Georgi Parvanov visited the match

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    After the second rest day, the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria continued today with game five in which Topalov played with White pieces.

    The first symbolic move were made by the "father of the euro" professor Robert Mundell.

    The President of Bulgaria Mr. Georgi Parvanov visited the match.

    The opening was replay of game three in which Anand used the Slav defence and comfortably held a draw. The expectation were that Topalov will find an improvement in the variation and fight for opening advantage.

    But it was Anand who first diverted from the earlier game by moving 15...h5 instead of 15...h6. Topalov continued with the logical 16. Ne2 having in mind Nf4, to exploit the newly created situation with Black pawn on h5.

    Anand established strong Knight outpost on e5 and traded off a pair of Rooks to reduce White's chances of gaining initiative.

    After further exchange of minor pieces, an endgame with Rook and Bishop versus Rook and Knight has arisen.

    Anand's 29...g5 initiated changes in the pawn structure, which allowed him to solve one issue and concentrate on pieces' play.

    Black Knight gradually suppressed White Bishop, which eventually landed on the backward d1-square. Right after the time-control, Topalov offered moves repetition before the situation goes out of the hand. Or perhaps it was a psychological move, attempting to test Anand's resolve to play for a win, in case of which White would also have chances for full point.

    But Anand needed no risk and accepted the threefold repetition. Draw signed on move 44.

    The current score is 3-2 in favour of Anand who tomorrow plays with White pieces.

    http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/news&article_id=81.html
     
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    Game 6 ended in draw after 58 moves

    The current score is 3.5-2.5 in favour of Anand. Tomarrow is rest day.Next game is on 3rd May.
     
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    GAME 6:MOVES,Anand in white

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. Ne5 c5 7. Na3 cxd4 8.
    Naxc4 Bc5 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Nd3 Ba7 13. Qa4 Nc6 14. Rac1
    e5 15. Bxc6 b5 16. Qc2 Qxc6 17. Ncxe5 Qe4 18. Qc6 Bb7 19. Qxe4 Bxe4 20. Rc2
    Rfe8 21. Rfc1 f6 22. Nd7 Bf5 23. N7c5 Bb6 24. Nb7 Bd7 25. Nf4 Rab8 26. Nd6 Re5
    27. Nc8 Ba5 28. Nd3 Re8 29. Na7 Bb6 30. Nc6 Rb7 31. Ncb4 a5 32. Nd5 a4 33. Nxb6
    Rxb6 34. Nc5 Bf5 35. Rd2 Rc6 36. b4 axb3 37. axb3 b4 38. Rxd4 Rxe2 39. Rxb4 Bh3
    40. Rbc4 Rd6 41. Re4 Rb2 42. Ree1 Rdd2 43. Ne4 Rd4 44. Nc5 Rdd2 45. Ne4 Rd3 46.
    Rb1 Rdxb3 47. Nd2 Rb4 48. f3 g5 49. Rxb2 Rxb2 50. Rd1 Kf7 51. Kf2 h5 52. Ke3
    Rc2 53. Ra1 Kg6 54. Ra6 Bf5 55. Rd6 Rc3+ 56. Kf2 Rc2 57. Ke3 Rc3+ 58. Kf2 Rc2

    Result-1/2-1/2

    http://jrobichess.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-chess-video-world-chess.html
     
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    Game 7: A draw after a difficult position with a time deficit


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    The 12-th World Chess Champion Anatoliy Karpov made the first symbolic move


    The FIDE World Chess Championship match resumed on Monday with Viswanathan Anand once again having the White pieces, as according to the regulations, the piece colors are alternating halfway through the match.

    The players seem to be very persistent in thorough investigation of the Catalan opening, as the same setup appeared four times when Anand had White pieces.

    Once again Topalov switched the variation, and included 4...Bb4+ instead of 4...dxc4. Later on, instead of the almost automatic 8. Qc2, Anand preferred the rare 8. Bf4, which prompted Black to immediately capture the pawn on c4 and then hang on it with b5.

    The similar position was seen in the encounter Gelfand-Ivanchuk. Topalov varied from that game by playing 11...Bd7.

    Anand accepted the gift in the view of exchange on a8, and the game became highly imbalanced as Black caught up the initiative.

    A timely opening of the a-file and breach to the 7th rank gave Anand solid counterplay. After the exchange of the Bishops, it appeared that White managed to stabilise and block the dangerous d-pawn.

    Topalov brought his heavy artillery to the 2nd rank, but could not achieve more than perpetual check as White kept the enemy Queen under contact attack.

    But Anand refused the possibility of perpetual, on two occasions, and continued to fight for more. Nevertheless, the Black passed pawn demanded lots of caution, and White was unable to gain more with the Knight burdened on f2. The draw was finally agreed on move 58.

    Game eight is taking place tomorrow, with Veselin Topalov playing the White pieces.

    http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/news&article_id=97.html
     
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    Soham DFI TEAM Senior Member

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    Its quite interesting to read the follow up of the games. Even though i have no idea wtf they talk about.
     
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    its getting interesting i would liek to see toplov with white , its was amazing how a gave up piece early in the middle game only for a positional compensation.and then over took anand , but its was master class of anand who some how got away - very tough game for anand.

    toplov plays best he is aggressive but unfortunate for him anand plays even better when he is aggressive.

    i think - i anand got a very good chance, but the issue is i think toplov will play thrice with white compared to anand's twice.
     
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    The match is going to be really interesting. It is getting on my nerves. ;)
     
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    World Chess Championship: Topalov draws level with Anand

    CHENNAI: Veselin Topalov seems to be getting better and better with every game. On Tuesday, the Bulgarian went for blood in Game 8 torturing world champion Viswanathan Anand for 56 moves in a Slav Defence and won the point that he wanted in the World chess championship match at Sofia. The point with white gave Topalov parity in the 12-game series which now stands level at four-all.

    The game showed Topalov was still working on the opening that did not give him anything. If Anand gave a good account of himself in choosing quiet lines, Topalov was smarter, looking for sharp variations that could have gone either way.

    Anand was the first to deviate from the Slav that they had played earlier. On move 13, the world champion found a rook move, obviously from his home preparation that basically aimed at offsetting Topalov’s possible work behind the scene to improve his opening in Game 5. Anand did the basics right when he went for a Queen-less game quite early, thereby insuring himself against Topalov’s aggression.

    However, Anand ran into Topalov’s preparations on move 18. The Bulgarian pushed his Queen-rook pawn to invite a sharp line in the opening itself. Anand thought for 15 minutes before he could find the reply.

    Topalov opened up the position and trained his guns on Anand’s King. White’s rooks occupied the central files and looked threatening as the black King was taken out of its castle. Though Anand kept the bishop pair against the bishop and knight with a rook each, the world champion’s position was far from satisfactory.

    After exchanging the rook and a minor piece, the game entered an opposite-coloured bishop ending in which Topalov had very good chances to attack with an active King while Anand was fighting with his back to the wall trying to stop a marching pawn in the centre.

    Theoretically, the opposite-coloured bishop ending is taken as a draw even if one of the players has an extra pawn but Topalov seemed to have found enough ammunition in the pawn-up position, mainly because of the King’s mobility.

    Topalov kept on trying to get a breakthrough and finally he found the game-winner with a pawn-push on the Kingside.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...raws-level-with-Anand/articleshow/5891029.cms
     
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    Too much! Its really getting interesting now.
     
  21. Soham

    Soham DFI TEAM Senior Member

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    Damn ! Topalov breached the castle...
    This is too good !
     

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