Results: 6.5 : 5.5
Both players were even until Veselin Topalov (Elo 2805) lost the last game with White in the 12-game match.
Anand (Elo 2787) employed the old Lasker Defense with the black pieces willing to accept a draw that would lead to a result of 6 : 6 and would have forced a rapid chess playoff. But Topalov weakened his kingside and was unable to escape a loss.
Anand remained world champion.
Anand vs. Topalov | World Championship 2010 – Game 8
Grandmaster Ben Finegold reviews Game 8 of the 2010 World Chess Championship. Topalov won the game, but Anand took the match.
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