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.
Grandmaster Ben Finegold reviews Game 8 of the 2010 World Chess Championship. Topalov won the game, but Anand took the match.