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Saturday, February 5, 2011

World Chess Champion Vishy Anand wins Yearbook Novelty award of 2010

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Hi everyone,

World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has won the Yearbook Novelty of the Year 2010 award, put up by New In Chess. Last week editor Genna Sosonko presented the World Champion with his prize of 350 euros in Wijk aan Zee. Of exactly 600 voters (not counting illegal double votes), 176 favoured Anand’s 10.Na3! in the Catalan against Veselin Topalov in their World Championship match.

In his report, which you can read in full on, Peter Boel writes:

‘Novelty? Which novelty?’, was Anand’s first reaction when Sosonko told him he was the winner of the award at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Yes, Anand has played so many… The Yearbook readers had judged that his 10.Na3! was the novelty with the greatest impact of 2010, as it brought Anand his first second victory in the fourth match game with Topalov.

Anand’s game was analysed in Yearbook 95 by Anish Giri, in an appendix to Evgeny Vladimirov’s Survey on page 160. During the 11th round of the Tata Steel Tournament Anand’s novelty was leading by such a great margin that the prize could safely be given to him already, before he left the Netherlands.

Between the Anand-voters a one-year subscription to the Yearbook has been raffled. The winner is Mrs Claire Blaha from Switzerland.
Candidate novelties had to meet the following conditions:
  • they had to be played in 2010
  • they had to be published in New In Chess Yearbooks 94, 95, 96 or 97
Here is the nice game that was played by Anand against Topalov in the World Chess Championship 2010.

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