Game 11 of Anand-Topalov last night ended in a draw. Anand surprised everybody by playing 1.c5 on the first move and the game soon develop into an English Opening : Reverse Sicilian set-up (1.c4 e5). I was expecting Anand to unleash something special from the opening ...perhaps a strong novelty coming but it seems that Anand had nothing special to show and Topalov slowly but steadily equalized.
Viswanathan Anand- Veselin Topalov
World Championship Final, Game 11, 9th May 2010
Position after black 49th move
After black 49th move (diagram above), Anand was a pawn down and Topalov had a two scary connected passed pawn on the queen side ( a + b) against Anand two vs one (f+g vs f) on the king side . At this time i was watching Chelsea lift the EPL trophy after trouncing Wigan 8-0 and i think Topalov will also have the same luck as Chelsea but Anand had different idea. The tiger from Madras make used of all his piece and pawns left to set a strong attack against Topalov`s lonely king, and in the end, Topalov far advanced passed pawn on the queen side can`t stop Anand from giving a perpetual on Topalov`s king and the player agreed to split the point.
In the last game
Below is the 11th game:-