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This is game 8 (eight) from the 2012 Fide World Chess Championship match between the current champion, Viswanathan Anand (India), and challenger Boris Gelfand (Israel). After just 17 moves played, this game now acts as the shortest game in world chess championship history.
Thanks a lot for great videos and commentary!
I really got `something` out of these:)))
btw, just wanted to say that this wasn`t the shortest game in WC history, but was the shortest one ending in a victory for one player.
For example, in 1984. Karpov vs. Kasparov match there were at least 5 shorter games, but all draws.
Thank you all very much for the comments.
I appreciate your sharing the video with the "Chess Nuts" group babs. :)
While I can't respond to all comments, I do take the time to at least read them.
Houdini (on the official website) gave a variation where black sacrificed the exchange, but even like seven moves later, still gave about +1.5 for white. The houdini analysis should be on the Anand-Gelfand website if you want to check it out (it should be on most of the news articles). Although the position is very pleasant for white, you definitely need technique to win that; it would have been, in my opinion, foolish to resign if that position was seen. The fact that you need technique is my point: Positions that look nice, do look nice, but to actually win them can prove to be a real pain if one faces stubborn, computer-like defense.
Another reason why I don't think Gelfand saw ...Nc6 (or underestimated its resilience, perhaps) is because it would seem strange that Gelfand would be so willing to make history with a 17 move loss when he could have instead forced Anand to go through a long technical exercise -- that would make the win less of a momentum boost for Anand, I would think. But sure, if he sees he's down a queen, he'll still resign early, because at that point it would be a waste of brain cells. And that's plausibly what he could have concluded.
Elubas: after cxN Qxc6 Bg2 (some prefer Bd3, it sure looks menacing but I don't see the exact follow up) Qd7 Nd5 and White will fork on f6. After that, you can play for sure but it looks hopeless, especially against a player like Anand.
[Referring to the variation after Qf2 Nc6] I think it's a bit presumptuous to say that just because there is a knight on d5 that looks pretty, the game is resignable. Even with such a pretty piece, you still have to prove that you can do something with it. It would have been nice to see the position with Nd5 to be analyzed just a few moves deeper. I wonder if Boris actually missed ...Nc6; otherwise, he would, perhaps, be in a bad position, but one in which Anand would have to prove he could break through.
Thank you for the analysis.
MattyL: as pointed out Qf6 is the losing move but Anand's Qf2 throws shadows on the black's plan starting with ... Bf6, because if Qf6 is not possible, then white has a space advantage.
very good video - thanks
I'm going to post the link to this thread in my group Chess Nuts, so others can also benefit. :)
Jerry, if you can see mis-steps and miscalculations that Gelfand made then YOU should be sitting there playing Anand!
P.S. How can we not get something out of your commentaries? They are always excellent. Thankyou.
I think this game would be remembered more for an oversight than a master queen trap. There were no forcing moves?......
And this is probably the shortest game of all time:
Anand comes back.
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