(1) Wang Yue (2732) - Anand,V (2800) [E00]
3rd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (6), 26.10.2010
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. 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.
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!
A rare continuation.
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
and white is better]
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.
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.
A painful defeat for Wang Yue and a fine comeback for Anand. 0-1