Sergey Karjakin of Russia scored his third consecutive win beating Wang Hao of China to lead the table with three points. Anand and Levon Aronian follow him, a full point behind.
Anand made sure he put his best foot forward in a crunch situation. He played the white side of a Najdorf Sicilian and opted with the English attack to come up with innovative ideas, to which Topalov had no answers. In 2010, Anand had defeated Topalov in the last game of the world championship.