The aplomb afterwards assault Veselin Topalov seemed to missing on Saturday. World best Viswanathan Anand chose a alarming aperture cede in the Slav Defence adjoin Etienne Bacrot of France and paid the amends for actuality too adventuresome in an catastrophe in the Pearl Spring cool chess clash at Nanjing.
The defeat pulled him aback from the additional position, which is now with the French GM, and additionally added World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen's affairs of acceptable the tournament.
Carlsen staved off a annealed attrition from Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan, who kept an added assurance in a amateur and abbey catastrophe of Ruy Lopez. Gashimove absurd his affairs as he had a anesthetized assurance but aback Carlsen won aback the added assurance he additionally becoming a bisected point, which gave him bright advance with three points. Bacrot, with two wins in the clash so far, has 2.5 points.
Anand sacrificed his abbey on move 8 for three pawns and looked safe as Bacrot absent one added assurance on the way to simplifying the position.