London Chess Classic: Anand bounces back with Topalov win

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand today bounced back from his fourth round loss and beat his former world championship challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the fifth round of London Chess Classic, the concluding edition of the Grand Chess Tour.

Viswanathan Anand has accumulated 2.5 points in the London Chess Classic with four more rounds to go.   -  REUTERS

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand today bounced back from his fourth round loss and beat his former world championship challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the fifth round of London Chess Classic, the concluding edition of the Grand Chess Tour.

After suffering a defeat at the hands of Hikaru Nakamura of United States, Anand staged his customary comeback in style, giving an endgame lesson to Topalov who remains at the bottom of the table.

Yet again, there was just one decisive game and the remaining four ended in draws. Armenian Levon Aronian started out what Nigel Short termed as a ‘coffee-house’ attack against World champion Magnus Carlsen and the game ended in a draw.

Nakamura pressed for an advantage but Englishman Michael Adams remained solid as ever while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France signed peace with Anish Giri of Holland after an interesting battle.

In the other game of the day, Fabiano Caruana of United States was on the verge of winning against Russian Alexander Grischuk but the latter survived when the former could not spot a winning continuation in the queen and minor pieces endgame.

Past the half way stage and with just four rounds to go, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave and Nakamura continue to lead the tables with three points apiece while Anand, Carlsen, Caruana, Grischuk, Adams and Aronian have all got 2.5 points apiece.

Topalov is on just one point and his chances of lifting the Grand Chess Tour trophy have almost ended.