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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Anand - Topalov WCC 2010 - Game 4 Analysis

Three decisive games in the first four of a world championship match? Who needs drawing rules with such knock-out hungry players? In a second Catalan, with a nothing special novelty, Anand decided it was an eye-for-an-eye when he dropped a knight onto Topalov's king to quickly achieve a spectacular victory of his own.

What happened in the fourth game today was very, very similar to what we saw on Saturday, in the very first game. Almost right out of the opening White sacrificed a knight and got a deadly attack. That was it. And the speed with which Anand played a few not too natural moves, for instance 22.Ng4 and 29.Rc2, or even the knight sac itself (only five minutes thinking!) sort of suggests that this game may have been very deep preparation too. In any case, it’s a big blow for Topalov, who started with a lead but now looks at a 1.5-2.5 score for Anand going into the second rest day. Winning the next game could be quite important for the Bulgarian, having to play with the black pieces twice after that . Anyway here is the full analysis of the game 4.

Here are some pics from the playing hall...

topalov before game 4
Topalov, before the game, looking into the direction of the spectators, not realizing yet what is about to happen
anand vs. topalov
Both players at the board, shortly before the game starts
anand topalov playing
This time a quick and convincing victory for the World Champ...
anand topalov
...who simply answered "it's always nice to win" to the remarkable question at the press conference whether he was satisfied with the developments so far
topalov at the press conference
Topalov, on the other hand, is under pressure for the moment

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