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Anand Lives Dangerously In Game 9

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/23/12, 11:25 AM.

Game 9 of the 2012 World Chess Championship was the longest of the match so far, and Boris Gelfand was better for the majority of the game.

The challenger stuck to 1.d4 and this time the champion switched to the Nimzo-Indian defence. No Slav today!

Gelfand achieved a comfortable edge, and it looked like a third decisive game might result.

Then Anand tempted Gelfand into playing 19. c5 which let Gelfand win the queen in exchange for a rook, knight and pawn, but the resulting endgame was not so easy to convert to a win.

Once Anand successfully constructed a fortress a frustrated Gelfand had to settle for a draw in a very hard-fought struggle!

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Name  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
Vishy Anand ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ . . .
Boris Gelfand ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ . . .

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.Boris Gelfand contemplates playing 19.c5

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 9 Boris Gelfand.jpg

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Vishy Anand building a fortress

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 9 Vishy Anand.jpg

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Peter Svidler demonstrating black's impregnable fortress after Ng8

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 9 Peter Svidler.jpg

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Game 9 was arguably a moral victory for Gelfand, but moral victories don't win the world title.  With just 3 games remaining, Anand has two whites left and probably the better chances of landing a killer blow.

Game 10 is tomorrow (24 May) when Anand will have the white pieces.

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All games start at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC).  The time control is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and a final 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 seconds increment after move 61.

The prize fund is $2.55 million, with the winner receiving $1.53 million (60%), the loser $1.02 million (40%).

If the match is level after 12 games there will be a 4-game rapid match tie-break at 25 minutes per game plus 10 second increment. If scores are still level a 2-game blitz match will be played at 5 minutes plus 3 second increment.  If the deadlock is still not broken, there can be up to 5 of the these 2-game blitz matches before a sudden-death blitz game will decide the winner (5 minutes for white, 4 minutes for black, and a 3 second increment from move 61).

The full rules for the match can be found here (pdf).

The match schedule is below (times are Moscow time = UTC+4 hours):

Date Event Time Date Event Time
11-May Game  1  15:00 21-May Game  8  15:00
12-May Game  2  15:00 22-May Rest day   
13-May Rest day    23-May Game  9  15:00
14-May Game  3  15:00 24-May Game  10  15:00
15-May Game  4  15:00 25-May Rest day   
16-May Rest day    26-May Game  11  15:00
17-May Game  5  15:00 27-May Rest day   
18-May Game  6  15:00 28-May Game  12  15:00
19-May Rest day    29-May Rest day   
20-May Game  7  15:00 30-May Tie break  12:00

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The official match website has video commentary in Russian and English.  The English language host is Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, who will be joined by Nigel Short (on 11–12 May), Jan Timman (14–15 May), Joel Lautier (17 May), Peter Svidler (18, 23–24 and 28 May), Peter Leko (20–21 May), and Vladimir Kramnik (26 May).

Screenshots taken from the official coverage, which is available for replay at the match website.

Computer analysis from the official website.

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    scorpion2a

    In my opinion, Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian & Radjabov are sorely missed in such a big match.

  • 2 years ago

    toughsid

    Anand should be careful! Gelfand is business that is hard to deal!

  • 2 years ago

    igorotak_123

    what a game from the challenger.

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    @Twobit

    Yea you might be right, I was expecting Anand to be much more aggressive.

    But then again Gelfands Sicilian was pretty offbeat and solid.

    I hope Anand strikes soon though. I'd hate to see the World Championship decided in rapids....or worse Armageddon

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    I am telling ya, Anand will draw this into the rapid play stage and there he will win easily. That is, two more draws are expected...

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    @Twobit

    25 move draw Yell

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    Game 10: a 23 move draw?

  • 2 years ago

    karthikva

    All those who are saying carlsen and aronian shd play WCC shd know that rankings are not be all and end all...if that was the case federer and nadal would be playing every final... we would never have seen djokovic's magic.

    the diff b/w top 20 GMs is very little.. and if it is WCC, the preparation of both the players makes the diff even little... if carlsen were playing this match, he would have been crushed if he plays recklessly like other tournaments because the other player's team would hav prepared for it as it is WCC... also experience plays a huge role in WCC.. so carlsen would have had little chance.

  • 2 years ago

    Bochumer

    @ manoocena 

    its not Indians supporting Anand..most chess lovers support Anand. He is perhaps the only world champ in the current generation who has more admirers outside his own country.

    And chess is not only attacking and tactical, but also positional and strategically and good defence is needed more often to save positions. Fortress is an important concept when you have material imbalance and Anand just showed how to play it.

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    @manoocena

    Okay lets make the most interesting world for you then. World #1 plays world #2 in every sport. This seems soooo interesting....

    Omg I wonder who's playing this year. Seriously just drop the topic already its hopeless your trying to insult world champs / ex world champs and think your making an amazing statement.

    If you hate the players so much why bother watching or following top level chess. Cause I can assure you all these players are constantly present. Sadly I don't see your name on that list. Now if you were indeed more accomplished then them then maybe I might listen to your word.

    If the best always won everything and accomplished everything there is to accomplish then there wouldn't be any fun it. The journey is the main part of life. Finishing every journey before you begin it isn't very interesting now is it.

    Your not in a perfect world so thing aren't always going to end up how you wish them to. Life is hard, deal with it. Now stop whinning and enjoy the games.

    P.S. My favorite Aronian didn't make it, I'm not sitting here whinning about it, neither is he. We both know he'll hopefully get another chance.

  • 2 years ago

    kalyandd

    @manoocena

    It happens in all games.ATP 1 and 2 do not necessarily contest Wimbledon final. Euro No.1 and 2 may not even qualify for final of soccer world cup. Every tournament has a way of deciding who play the finals and not necessarily on the basis of their perfomance in other tournaments!

    Kalyan

  • 2 years ago

    parini

    One thing the champion will always get chance his crown because he had earn it( for Anand) so the champion will have always slight advantage for his preperation

    In other sports the teams or player proof them to be competitor(challenger) when they have chance (for Aronian which he could not capitalize)

    and mostly sportsman are gentle and bound to the federation, not arrogant( for Carlsen who can say ' Fuc*** up in a press interview); He is a good player but he have to do lots to become a WC

  • 2 years ago

    sixtyfoursquares

    For Anand there is nothing much to lose; if he wins OK; but if not; then he will be known as a ex-World Chess Champion anyway!  And who can hold on to the title for ever?  It is only a matter of time; that someone else will dethrone him.

    But for Gelfand; it is a do or die situation (age catching up too) as this will be his best shot at the World Chess Championship title!

    I do have a little bit of soft corner for Gelfand; as he has reached this stage and now will he or wont he.... we will wait and watch!

  • 2 years ago

    manoocena

    lol I know my chess history very well and I happen to know fischer, Karpov and kasparov dominating the FIDE ranking for most of their reigns as champions, I don't know where you got "informed" but I suggest you realize how idiotic your suggestion is. To reiterate what I said was the 2 best players in the world should compete for the world championship, logical isn't it? After Topolav now you have Gelfand...

    Now what part of what I said didn't make sense to you? In what sports do you see the number 4 competes against the number 20 for world championship? Are you defending the way these competitions are being held? Or do you just want to be ignorant and make smiley faces? :)

  • 2 years ago

    spinsterruby

    Anand is a better player coz he is playing with gelfand without the fear of loosing, he knows even if i lose one i can come back in the next game since he know he is better than gelfand.....just see the game 8 great chess game fron champion last for 17 moves...even the commentators realized very late the queen trapping moves, gelfand is not as attacking as vishy and allways play safe....just game three vishy missed a sure win game coz of time pressure....yaaa if magnus calson or aronian was the challenger we could have witnessed classic chess games full of surprise and mystry......................................................

  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    Of course-Anand NEVER will play in such STYLE (without Two Bishops and FUTURE) against Carlsen ,Aronian or Kramnik,but vs Gelfand-it's GOOD.He (Boris) never was very big endspiel -MasterEmbarassed.He is very big DEBUT academic...

  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    Kasparov was right! Two Bishops are very dangerous weapon .I think -such position (after  18.Bh4!)-was lost for Black ,but only for Carlsen,Kramnik or Aronian-this "problem" is little.19.c5?-of course-is REMIS offeringUndecided

  • 2 years ago

    corpsporc

    Especially in queen endgames, the position can be a forced draw, yet the computer will still count pawns and pieces.

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    @_valentin_

    Yea I guess your right about the endgames part, I'll check out your blog too. I mean the computer increased the advantage but I didn't see a route to win like I said before.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Aknaim:  Computers are very weak (compared to humans) when playing endgames, so evaluations for endgames are often incorrect or at least skewed.  I have a blog article that explains a lot about why this is so -- look it up under my name and read for yourself.

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