(1) Wang Yue (2732) - Anand,V (2800) [E00]
3rd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (6), 26.10.2010
[Elshan Moradiabadi]

A rest day proved to be sufficient for the world champion, however it didn't appear so for China's number one after a bad 5th round.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3
Once more the Catalan! In the last years it has become popular at all levels in chess. Everyone from first category players to the very elite seems to have it in their repertoire!

3...d5 4.Nf3 Bb4+!?

The Closed Catalan. One should not forget that this was Anand's main weapon against Topalov, so it should be no surprise that he knows every possible sortie in this variation.

5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 b6 9.Bf4 Ba6 10.Ne5
A rare continuation.

10...Nfd7 11.Nd2 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 c5!?
Vishy seems ambitious today! He appears reluctant to go for an equal position with Nd7. The bishop on e5 is misplaced, and Anand is trying to take advantage of it by putting his knight on c6 to have the d4 and e5 squares simultaneously under attack. In the meantime, he has also weakened the h1-a8 diagonal. A risky decision by the world champion!

It seems that Wang has overestimated his chances in this position. This just helps black to develop his pieces more comfortably. [13.dxc5 was preferable and would open some space for the bishop on e5. 13...Nc6 14.Bc3 bxc5 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Qa4 and white is better]

13...Qd7 14.Qxd7?
But this is too much. The local hero is going astray. Letting the knight in with an attacking tempo over the bishop on e5? As mentioned earlier, this doesn't seem to be Wang's tournament.

14...Nxd7 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Rfe1 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Rad8 18.e3

Simple and logical. Black's bishop pair and his center offer him better chances.

The Chinese GM might have felt frustrated by his own play. White's position is hopeless now and Anand slowly but safely converts his advantage.

19...fxe5 20.fxe5 Bd3 21.Rad1 Bc2 22.Rc1 Bg6 23.h4 Rfe8 24.Nf3 Be4 25.Rcd1 Bf8 26.Re2 g6 27.b3 Bg7 28.Ng5 Bxg2 29.Kxg2 Rxe5 30.Nf3 Re7 31.Red2 Red7 32.Rd3 h6 33.a4 Kf7 34.Ng1 Ke6 35.Ne2 g5 36.hxg5 hxg5 37.Kf3 Kf5 38.g4+ Ke6 39.Ng3 Rh8 40.Kg2 Rhd8 41.R3d2 Be5 42.Rf2 Bxg3 43.Kxg3 Rf7 44.Rxf7 Kxf7 45.Kf2 Ke6 46.Rh1 c4 47.Rh6+ Ke5 48.bxc4 dxc4 49.Ke2 c3 50.Rc6 Rd2+ 51.Ke1 Ra2
A painful defeat for Wang Yue and a fine comeback for Anand. 0-1