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Anand vs. Gelfand World Chess Championship 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/10/12, 11:26 AM.

The official 2012 FIDE World Chess Championship between the reigning champion Viswanathan Anand of India, and his challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel starts tomorrow (11 May) at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

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

The official match website will have coverage and commentary in Russian and English.  The English language commentator will be Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, editor in chief of New in Chess, 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).

All games will start at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC) at a time control of 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.

Vishy Anand_World championship 2012 website frontpage photo.jpgReigning champion Vishy Anand is 42 years old, and has been undisputed World Champion since 2007 when he won the World Championship tournament in Mexico City. Anand successfully defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008 and also against Veselin Topalov in 2010.

He first challenged for the title in 1995 when he lost to Garry Kasparov, and held the FIDE title from 2000-2002.  Anand is currently ranked #4 in the world on the latest official FIDE rating list, with a rating of 2791 Elo.


Boris Gelfand_World championship 2012 website frontpage photo.jpgThe challenger Boris Gelfand is 43 years old and currently only ranked #20 on the FIDE rating list, at 2727 Elo. He was born in Belarus and emigrated to Israel in 1998.

Gelfand has qualified before for candidates tournaments as far back as the early 1990s. But in 2009 Gelfand won the World Cup and qualified for the 2011 Candidates matches, where he beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the quarter-finals, Gata Kamsky in the semi-finals, and Alexander Grischuk in the final to qualify to challenge Anand.

The match schedule (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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Anand and Gelfand testing the playing conditions for their match

Anand v Gelfand 2012 testing the playing conditions!.jpg


The opening ceremony took place today in the State Tretyakov Gallery, marking the beginning of the 12-game match lasting three weeks.  The players drew lots and Anand will be white in the first game.  Colours alternate, but are reversed after game 6 (so Anand will play with black in game 7).

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 head-to-head stats of Anand and Gelfand are:

  • Classical Games: Anand 6 wins, Gelfand 5 wins, 24 draws
  • Rapid Games: Anand 8 wins, Gelfand 1 win, 19 draws
  • Blitz Games: Anand 3 wins, Gelfand 0 wins, 4 draws

Guests of honour during the event will include former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, the former title challenger Viktor Korchnoi, and the world’s oldest grandmaster Yuri Averbakh.

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

Details of Chess.com's coverage of the match can be found here.

So who is your pick? Will Vishy Anand defend his title for the third time, or will Boris Gelfand crown his career with the ultimate accolade?

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Comments


  • 3 years ago

    artabella

    I vishy annd wins!!

  • 3 years ago

    artabella

    I think it's normal to see super GMs playing several draws in the world chess championship games because venturing for a clear win when there is none might boomerang on the player forcing for a win but definitely there will be a decision game as to who is the world chess champion. In all probability I believe it is still GM Viswananthan Anand to retain  this elusive title. Nothing hurts as both of them will be bringing home $ 1 million plus. I mjust hope that the prize for chess prize specially for the world chess championship match will be larger let us say  $ 10 million but with at least a minimum of 30 games so that GM chess players will be given more incentives after all chess is a battle of wits, strategies, tactics and brains.

  • 3 years ago

    gouridas

    Anand should regain his winning energy and confidence...I'M sure Viswanathan Anand can continue to be seated in the throne of World Champion ...

    come on Anand...take up the challenge!

  • 3 years ago

    NXST

    And the seventh brought light to the sceptics !!! :)

    Told you guys right from the beginning (see previous posts) that this wouldn't be an easy task for Anand, and there you have it.

    Gelfand won it fair and square and not because he was playing for the second time in a row with whites (as Ktfighter said), but simply because he is a very sharp player and Anand is not playing his best.

  • 3 years ago

    KtFighter

    Well, Gelfand has struck first in game 7.  This could be expected since Anand played Black twice.  It is going to be tough now.  Anand's resolve will be shown if he answers back with a win of his own next game as White.  Pregame records with the same opponent don't always mean something.  Fischer had never defeated Spassky until there World Championship match.  Earlier I had predicted an Anand win.  I now am in a wait and see mode... 

  • 3 years ago

    soothsayer8

    I agree with what Natalia said about #4 vs. #22, ratings are not the be all end all. What really determines a great chess player is how they play when the title of the World's best is on the line. It doesn't matter what Kasparov's rating was, would people consider him the greatest if he never managed to beat Karpov? What if Bobby Fischer never ended up in a WC match? (this came dangerously close to reality).

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Revanth_r I am posting new news articles for every game, which you can find on the home page of this site. Game 2 is here.

  • 3 years ago

    Revanth_r

    wat abt d 2 nd game..? some body post d game plz..

  • 3 years ago

    Saint-Paulia

    I just replayed the moves to the ending of the game on move 24. Nxe4 Bf5. Why was the game drawn here? It looked like things were getting downright interesting! That pin of the white N to the white rook by Gelfand's light bishop was very promising, no?

  • 3 years ago

    Saint-Paulia

    "The challenger Boris Gelfand is 43 years old and currently only ranked #20 on the FIDE rating list, at 2727 Elo". Just goes to show that ratings aren't everything. I like that FIDE wanted the best player in a competition to have a shot at the Big Man.

  • 3 years ago

    NXST

    As I told you all earlier, all Anand's fans should have a slight idea about Gelfand's capacity to win this event by now. He might even lose it, but it's not going to be as simple for Anand as you all predicted.... (I will come back.... :) )

  • 3 years ago

    KtFighter

    Ever Anand Anand!  I predict Anand will hold him even, wear him down, catch fire and beat Gelfand.

  • 3 years ago

    sajay

    thanks mohanan sir!

  • 3 years ago

    saifan

    saifan, Wish both the best of luck and not too many draws. Want to see real fights.

    Where can we watch the board when the games are in progress, and perhaps a live analysis by chess.com GM team?

  • 3 years ago

    joey0094

    THANKS FOR POSTING THE GAME GOURIDAS...

  • 3 years ago

    furuk_law007

    all the best anand

  • 3 years ago

    ABhattacharya

    Well two plus 40 chess veteran fight for the most coveted prize in chess history. The two super GMs are surely going to show fireworks on the board and Anand is at slightly edged.However Anand must win this match to prove all the predictions that he is too old to be the World Champ is a misnomer. From all the chess lovers of the world wishing Anand and Gelfand best of luck. Hope whoever wins the World Championship,chess triumphs.

  • 3 years ago

    gouridas

    a draw is certainly disappointing to chess lovers but as to the players it may be something else...



  • 3 years ago

    guesso

    first game is a draw

  • 3 years ago

    DanielUtz

    good game. seemed to me that boris had a slight advantage but a draw was probably a good result for gelfand in the first game anyway. lookin forward to tomorrows game

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