April 26, 2010 1:12:52 am
Fighting fatigue and the overnight deficit,Viswanathan Anand was in vintage form as he levelled the FIDE World Chess Championship match against Bulgarian Veselin Topalov on Sunday.
With Monday scheduled as a rest day,the second days focus was firmly on Anand following his defeat in the opener of the 12-game match,and the defending champion,playing with White,piled on the pressure right away.
Anand opened with a Catalan setup,a popular opening move,which wrests initiative. Topalov responded with a 4… dxc4,creating imbalances in the position.
The moving pace was considerably slower compared to the first game,with both players carefully considering their moves.
Anand sacrificed a pawn in the opening in exchange for quick development and positional pressure. Then taking his time before move 15,he offered queens trade. Anands rooks obtained excellent activity on the open files. Both pairs of knights were firmly entrenched in the central positions and the play revolved around the c-file and queenside.
But then the hasty 25…Ne3 by Topalov,which the official match commentator GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili marked as unnecessary,allowed Anand to seize a positional advantage and collect Black queenside pawns.
Topalov tried to reduce the pressure by offering trade of one pair of rooks,but Anand declined.
After establishing a pair of passed pawns on a and b files,Anand obtained decisive advantage and it was just a matter of time before Topalov resigned,on move 43,the lost rook endgame.
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