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Anand takes second in Nanjing

World Champion Viswanathan Anand assured himself of second place after he convincingly beat Etienne Bacrot in the final round of the 2010 Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing.
Yesterday, Magnus Carlsen had already won the event with a round to spare.

In the final round, the 'match' for second place was won by Anand. A traditional line of the Nimzoindian led to White having the bishop pair and some pressure. A tactical flurry enabled the Indian to exchange queens whilst invading. Anand thus won a pawn and at the end Bacrot resigned as he would lose further material.

Vugar Gashimov: Nine draws! (Europe Echecs)
Etienne Bacrot: A disappointing last round (Europe Echecs)
Vugar Gashimov: Nine draws! (Europe Echecs)
Etienne Bacrot: A disappointing last round (Europe Echecs)

The drawing champion Gashimov managed to hold the World No.1. However he was playing for more in the middlegame, as it was him, playing Black, who had the initiative. Carlsen successfully defended whilst grabbing a pawn and had a material advantage going firstly into the queen and opposite bishop pseudo-ending, and later in the opposite bishop ending. However Black held out.

The tenth round summary:

Wang YueCHN27320-1Veselin TopalovBUL2803Grünfeld 4.Bf441
Magnus CarlsenNOR28260.5-0.5Vugar GashimovAZE2719Four Knights Opening77
Viswanathan AnandIND28001-0Etienne BacrotFRA2716Nimzoindian Rubinstein33

The most impressive game of the day, and Topalov's best in the tournament was an attacking masterpiece in a queenless middlegame. From nowhere, Topalov sacrificed a piece to drum up dangerous threats against Wang Yue's king. There was no respite from Black's rampant rooks as Topalov mercilessly conducted a fine decisive attack.

Here are the final standings:

StandingNameCountryRating+=-PointsExpected scoreRating +/-
1Magnus CarlsenNOR282646076+10
2Viswanathan AnandIND280036165.6+4
3Etienne BacrotFRA271634354.2+8
4=Veselin TopalovBUL28032534.55.6-11
4=Vugar GashimovAZE27190914.54.2+3
6Wang YueCHN273206434.4-14

Four players gained rating points with only Topalov and Wang Yue losing out in that department.

Here is a summary of the previous rounds:

Round 1:

Viswanathan AnandIND28000.5-0.5Wang YueCHN2732Slav/Grünfeld
Magnus CarlsenNOR28261-0Etienne BacrotFRA2716Scotch Opening
Veselin TopalovBUL28030.5-0.5Vugar GashimovAZE2719Slav Defence

Round 2:

Wang YueCHN27320.5-0.5Vugar GashimovAZE2719Nimzoindian Defence
Etienne BacrotFRA27160.5-0.5Veselin TopalovBUL2803Nimzoindian Defence
Viswanathan AnandIND28000.5-0.5Magnus CarlsenNOR2826Spanish Breyer

Round 3:

Magnus CarlsenNOR28261-0Wang YueCHN2732Petroff Defence
Veselin TopalovBUL28030-1Viswanathan AnandIND2800Queen's Gambit Declined Lasker
Vugar GashimovAZE27190-1Etienne BacrotFRA2716English Opening

Round 4:

Vugar GashimovAZE27190.5-0.5Magnus CarlsenNOR2826Spanish Breyer
Etienne BacrotFRA27161-0Viswanathan AnandIND2800Slav Defence
Veselin TopalovBUL28030.5-0.5Wang YueCHN2732Slav Defence

Round 5:

Viswanathan AnandIND28000.5-0.5Vugar GashimovAZE2719Slav/Grünfeld Defence25
Magnus CarlsenNOR28261-0Veselin TopalovBUL2803Spanish d332
Wang YueCHN27320-1Etienne BacrotFRA2716Queen's Indian Defence42

Round 6:

Wang YueCHN27320-1Viswanathan AnandIND2800Catalan/Bogoljubov51
Etienne BacrotFRA27160.5-0.5Magnus CarlsenNOR2826Queen's Indian Defence48
Vugar GashimovAZE27190.5-0.5Veselin TopalovBUL2803Caro-Kann Panov43

Round 7:

Vugar GashimovAZE27190.5-0.5Wang YueCHN2732Petroff Defence67
Veselin TopalovBUL28031-0Etienne BacrotFRA2716Queen's Indian Defence37
Magnus CarlsenNOR28260.5-0.5Viswanathan AnandIND2800Spanish Berlin68

Round 8:

Etienne BacrotFRA27160.5-0.5Vugar GashimovAZE2719Slav Exchange14
Viswanathan AnandIND28000.5-0.5Veselin TopalovBUL2803Catalan/Bogo-indian31
Wang YueCHN27320.5-0.5Magnus CarlsenNOR2826Catalan/Bogo-indian28

Round 9:

Etienne BacrotFRA27160.5-0.5Wang YueCHN2732Petroff Defence27
Vugar GashimovAZE27190.5-0.5Viswanathan AnandIND2800Spanish Berlin42
Veselin TopalovBUL28030-1Magnus CarlsenNOR2826Catalan/Bogo-indian33

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