SIMPLECHESS

All draws in Nanjing

Veselin Topalov threw the kitchen sink at Viswanathan Anand and created some wild complications, but it was only worth a perpetual.
The other games were much quieter affairs and were also drawn, leaving the standings unchanged.

The game of the round was definitely Topalov's dramatic attempt to win with Black against the World Champion. Anand however held his cool and navigated the labyrinth of variations whilst grabbing further material. The Bulgarian was able to obtain perpetual check with White's king being so open, but had nothing better.

Wang Yue obtained slight pressure in the Catalan with ...Bb4+, which coincidentally was also played in the Anand-Topalov game. Carlsen freed his game by temporarily sacrificing a pawn before inducing a drawish rook ending.

The round eight summary:

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

Bacrot was unambitious taking a known repetition in a quiet line of the Slav. He perhaps decided to take things easy after blundering yesterday.

Here are the standings after the eighth round. With only two rounds to go Carlsen's grip on first place is even firmer:

StandingNameCountryRatingPoints
1Magnus CarlsenNOR28265.5
2=Viswanathan AnandIND28004.5
2=Etienne BacrotFRA27164.5
4=Veselin TopalovBUL28033.5
4=Vugar GashimovAZE27193.5
6Wang YueCHN27322.5

Carlsen has a full point margin, with White against Gashimov and Black versus Topalov to come.

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
Clash of the leaders (official site)
Clash of the leaders (official site)

Round 6:

Wang YueCHN27320-1Viswanathan AnandIND2800Catalan/Bogoljubov51
Etienne BacrotFRA27160.5-0.5Magnus CarlsenNOR2826Queen's Indian Defence48
Vugar GashimovAZE27190.5-0.5Veselin TopalovBUL2803Caro-Kann Panov43
Gashimov-Topalov: The sharpest encounter of the day (official site)
Gashimov-Topalov: The sharpest encounter of the day (official site)

Round 7:

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

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