The much-anticipated Levon Aronian – Viswanathan Anand draw in Round 8 was disappointing for fans and the two maintained there joint lead. Aronian played an interesting novelty picking up a pawn and surprising Anand as early as Move 3, but the positional disadvantage kept him on the backfoot. Eventually, he was happy to draw. Vladimir Kramnik could not convert a win and had to draw Dmitry Andreikin. Peter Svidler was on course to earning a full point when he blundered versus Sergey Karjakin and the later sat it out for seven hours to win. The Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov game was a draw. Read a full report on Chess Blog. You can replay the games with Chess King.

Veselin Topalov – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS
Date: 2014.03.22
[…] 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5.♘c3 a6 6.h3 g6 7.g4 ♗g7 8.♗g2 O-O 9.♗e3 ♘c6 10.♕d2 ♗d7 11.O-O-O ♖c8 12.f4 ♘a5 13.b3 ♕c7 14.♘de2 b5 15.♘d5 ♘xd5 16.exd5 ♖fe8 17.♖hf1 e6 18.♖f2 ♘c4 19.bxc4 bxc4 20.♗d4 c3 21.♕xc3 ♕xc3 22.♘xc3 ♗xd4 23.♖xd4 ♖xc3 24.dxe6 ♖xe6 25.♖fd2 ♖g3 26.♖xd6 ♖xd6 27.♖xd6 ♗xg4 28.hxg4 ♖xg2 29.g5 ♖f2 30.♖d4 f6 31.a4 fxg5 32.fxg5 ♖f5