Anand crushes Wang Yue, back in contention

Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 22:04 PM IST

Nanjing (China): World Champion Viswanathan
Anand struck back with vengeance and outclassed Wang Yue of
China with black pieces in the sixth round of the Pearl Spring
Chess tournament here.

With his second win apart from a loss and three draw, the
Indian ace moved within striking distance of the top honour
with four rounds still to come in this super tournament being
played on a double round-robin basis between six players.

Anand was the lone winner on the day when the other two
games ended in draws.

Etienne Bacrot of France played out an easy draw with
Magnus Carlsen of Norway, while Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan
also did not give many chances to former world champion
Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and signed peace.

Carlsen remained in sole lead on 4.5 points from his six
outings in the tournament following a draw with Bacrot, who
inched himself up to four points and remained just a half
point behind the leader.

Anand remained sole third but the difference is what
matters from the previous round as the Indian ace is now just
a half point behind second placed Bacrot and only one point
behind Carlsen.

Gashimov took his tally to 2.5 points after drawing with
Topalov and remains fourth, while Topalov is now clear fifth
on the standings on two points, a half point ahead of Wang
Yue.

Anand played a gem of a game to beat the local hopeful.
Up against a Catalan opening, Anand went for a topical
set up and did not find any difficulty in retaining the
dynamic balance he was looking for.

Wang Yue went for an early trade of queens, after which
Anand found a nice stroke to win a pawn after an inaccuracy by
the Chinese and the resulting endgame just needed precise
technique.

Anand remained in command for the remainder of the game
to force resignation after 51 moves.

Carlsen went for the Queen`s Indian against Bacrot and
could not really find real chances. Bacrot is going through
the tournament of his life and he probably did not want to
spoil it with risking anything against the World number one.

The Queens got traded on move 12 and Carlsen had to
defend with his twin knights against two Bishops in the
ensuing endgame.

However, there were no real chances as the postmortem
showed and the game was drawn after 48 moves.

Meanwhile, Veselin Topalov`s hunt for an elusive victory
continued for a week now in Nanjing. The Bulgarian could do
little against a king pawn opening by Gashimov. It was a Caro
Kann defence by Topalov, wherein Gashimov held a small
advantage out of the opening that was neutralised by the time
the endgame arose.

PTI