Shock Defeat For Anand In Nanjing

Shock Defeat For Anand In Nanjing

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Oct 23, 2010, 12:18 PM |
44 | Chess Event Coverage

If Anand was on a high after his confident win over Topalov in Nanjing yesterday, he came down to earth with a bump in round four.

Playing ambitiously with the black pieces, Anand was clearly looking for more than a draw but Bacrot was equal to the challenge and a fascinating study-like endgame resulted. 

Anand looked to be struggling, and Bacrot held his nerve and played accurately to earn his first ever victory against the world champion.

Bacrot_Anand.jpg

 

 

The tournament leader Magnus Carlsen also had a tough day at the office against Gashimov, but his endgame skills just kept his head above water long enough to prevent another upset.

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With Topalov making no impression on Wang Yue's defences, Carlsen still leads the competition with Bacrot now in second place!

 Carlsen, Magnus 2826 3
 Bacrot, Etienne 2716
 Anand, Viswanathan 2800 2
 Gashimov, Vugar 2719
 Topalov, Veselin 2803
 Wang Yue 2732

 

 

The standout match for round five is Carlsen v Topalov.  Anand will take on Gashimov, and Wang Yue faces Bacrot.

 

Pictures from the official website

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