http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1666558 the shortest game is World Championship history. It's not so much the material difference, after Bd3 Qxb1+ two Rooks is not enough for the Queen and the Bishop, but the weakness around the Black King will cause Gelfand to lose anyway. After h6 and Ne4, d6 will fall and mate is always possible on g7. A ...
Here's my take (FWIW):
Black's remaining queenside pieces are undeveloped,
He's lost control of the dark squares,
He can't conquer either White's back or 2nd rank,
His queen is trapped,
He's about to get a spike pawn shoved down his throat at h6,
All of this has happened in 17 moves, meaning
Anand must have foreseen this variation in his home preparation,...
This is a very old question, but the reason is that this is an easy draw at that level, despite the pawn minus for black. The main reason is that black is quite active, and has a monster B on d5. The eventual pa4 move by black will most likely lead to the liquidation of the queen-side, or the Ra1 will need to remain passive to defend a pawn.
In addition, ...