Pearl Spring: Bacrot beats Anand

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Nanjing R4: Bacrot beats AnandThe Pearl Spring tournament saw a big upset in the fourth round as Etienne Bacrot defeated World Champion Viswanathan Anand for the first time in his career. Wang Yue easily held Veselin Topalov to a draw and Magnus Carlsen almost lost to Vugar Gashimov.

General info

The third Kanion Cup Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament takes place October 21-30 in Nanjing, China. Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Veselin Topalov, Wang Yue, Vugar Gashimov and Etienne Bacrot play a double round-robin with one rest day halfway. More info here.

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Round 4 report

This Saturday October 23rd was a rainy day in Nanjing, and especially for the World Champion. Viswanathan Anand was in a good mood after his fine victory over Veselin Topalov, and probably decided that he might as well try to beat the lowest rated player of the field. Against Etienne Bacrot he chose the variation in the Slav where Black gets three pawns for a piece - something slightly risky and something he hadn't played for a decade.

A handshake before the game between Bacrot and Anand

So far so good; even though Bacrot was well prepared this time, the game was about equal for long. However, as the time control was approaching, Bacrot's bishop slowly became a bit stronger than Black's pawns (and piece activity) and so Anand decided to liquidate to an ending with four pawns and a rook against two pawns, bishop and rook.

The game between Bacrot and Anand

However, to the surprise of many experts, the Indian then also traded rooks, and this might well have been the decisive mistake of the game. By making subtle waiting moves, and keeping his g- and h-pawns on their initial squares, Bacrot won relatively easily. In the game viewer we've included a few games with the same, very interesting ending of bishop + two pawns vs four on one wing.

[Update: it turns out that Anand could have saved the ending. We've updated the annotations of the game with additions by GMs Alexander Baburin (Chess Today) and Karsten Mueller (Chessbase).]

The game between Bacrot and Anand

The ending caught Veselin Topalov's eye, and the Bulgarian kept on looking at the screen after he had given a press conference together with his opponent Wang Yue. The Chinese was happy with his preparation, which had been a strong basis for a solid draw.

Topalov-Wang Yue

Topalov agreed that there wasn't much to do for White. About Bacrot-Anand he said: "It's almost study-like, very interesting. Black has to be very careful. And Bacrot is quite good at these endings; if there is a win he will find it."

Topalov

The longest game of the round was between Vugar Gashimov and Magnus Carlsen, who again played the Breyer Ruy Lopez. Gashimov repeated a sideline he had played earlier this year against Svidler, and got a slightly better ending which at some point might have been winning. At least Carlsen felt it was, and so did Gashimov's second GM Iordachescu. But it was never easy and Carlsen played accurately till the end, until it was a clear draw.

Gashimov-Carlsen

Games round 4



Game viewer by ChessTempo


Pearl Spring (Nanjing) 2010 | Schedule & results Pearl Spring (Nanjing) 2010 | Schedule & results



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bacrot

Etienne Bacrot managed to beat Vishy Anand for the first time, and in doing so the Frenchman surpassed the Indian in the standings to arrive at a sole second place



gashimov

Vugar Gashimov came close to a win against Magnus Carlsen



topalov

Veselin Topalov is not happy with his play so far, but at the same time he's famous for his bad starts and strong comebacks...



Each day we receive photos from the official photographer Yu Feng. Today he also sent us a few scenes from the region:

New look of south part of Pukou District

New look of south part of Pukou District



The Third Bridge of Nanjing Yangtse River

The Third Bridge of Nanjing Yangtse River



Nanjing Yangtze River Tunnel

Nanjing Yangtze River Tunnel, which everyone travelled through by car on the way from the airport to the hotel. 'Chang Jiang' litterally means 'The long river'. With 6,300 km it's the longest in Asia and the third-longest in the world.



People's Square

People's Square



Night view of Pukou District

Night view of Pukou District



Dawn at Lao Mountain

Dawn at Lao Mountain



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