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Breakthrough At The World Chess Championship!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/20/12, 8:10 AM.

After six straight draws in the first half of the World Chess Championship between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand in Moscow, the second half of the match finally produced a decisive game.

Vishy Anand had the black pieces for the second game in a row, and once again the Slav defence with a6 appeared.

However, this time Gelfand chose the 6.c5 line and Anand drifted into a worse position.  Suddenly the champion faced insurmountable problems and had to resign.

So Boris Gelfand has made a crucial breakthrough in his challenge for the world title. It is not only his first win of the match, but the first time he has defeated Anand in a classical game for nearly 20 years!

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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 . . . . . 3
Boris Gelfand ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 . . . . . 4

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Boris Gelfand closes in on the world champion...

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 7 Boris Gelfand.jpg

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Anand realises that the game is lost.

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 7 Vishy Anand.jpg

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Some doubters claimed before the match that Boris Gelfand didn't deserve a shot at the world chess championship title because he was only ranked #20 in the world, but now he stands just 5 games away from becoming the champion.

Vishy Anand has the white pieces in game 8 tomorrow, and desperately needs a win to get his title defence back on track.
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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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  • 2 years ago

    K0tovSyndrome

    Ok, true. There is still a bit of work to be done for Anand. I just saw the knight coming to d5 and then f6 and assumed it was hopeless, But I suppose Black has Qa4+ at some stage which could create a bit of confusion at least.

    I also think Gelfand should have played on a few moves at least to stop himself becoming the fastest loss ever in a WC game! 

    I still think he probably saw it, but the shock of going from thinking you are clearly winning to totally lost was maybe too much for him not to resign. 

  • 2 years ago

    Jordan_G

    @Paddl3s

    Certainly Anand is better in the line, but Anand would still have something to prove in that line and as it is a world championship game I would think if Gelfand saw the line he would have at least played on a few more moves just to see. Even the Houdini engine the organizers provided on their web site showed a 1.48+ advantage for Anand at depth 24 with the Nc6 line which suggests a significant advantge, especially for a GM, but from that position with queens still on the board with it being half open, still a bit tricky to me and could give Gelfand some drawing chances depending on how Anand handled the position. Either way I'm glad to see some decisive results showing up, and now that both have beaten the other in this match, I expect several more decisive results in the next 4 games. Go Gelfand! :)

  • 2 years ago

    K0tovSyndrome

    @Jordan_G

    I'm not sure he missed Nc6 in the final position. dxc6, Qxc6, Bg2 looks pretty horrible for black to me.

    Like you hope Gelfand doesn't collapse now and we see 4 more games like the last two!

  • 2 years ago

    Jordan_G

    I was disappointed that Gelfand pressed to hard to get something from the position that wasn't actually there and ended up getting himself in a dubious position. Then he missed the only viable continuation which was extremely difficult to find, Nc6, but Anand would still have been better. Score is even at 4-4 with 4 games to go and a rest day tomorrow before Gelfand takes the white pieces. Hopefully this loss will fuel his spirits and not depress him, and he can come back with another win.

  • 2 years ago

    vistascan

    @ksideras

    I think you meant Nc6

    I don't think he resigned too early. Houdini analysis shows that even after giving away his knight to save the queen, Gelfand would be badly behind in material.

  • 2 years ago

    mangalram

    my bad..

    didn't see that

  • 2 years ago

    K0tovSyndrome

    Lol.. Mangalram, he will just take your queen with his d pawn dxe5

  • 2 years ago

    thaskaiser

    boris just blundered in an extremely complex and tricky position

  • 2 years ago

    parini

    ksiderps: might be he is saving his energy Wink

  • 2 years ago

    Melchizedek10

    Never doubt Anand brilliancy and skill...try to understand his mind and secret way..:))

  • 2 years ago

    ksideras

    Anand just won the 8th game after trapping Gelfand's queen in 17 moves!! 2 Grandmasters (Peter Leko and Nepomniachtchi) analyzing the game live missed the winning 17.Qf2 move. This was more exciting than the champions league final :)

    By the way, in the final position Gelfard does NOT actualy loose his queen (it is saved after Nf6!) giving up a piece and staying with a rook against whites 2 pieces and the initiative. Tough move to find (easy for Houdini :) Gelfand may have resigned a bit too soon perhaps?

  • 2 years ago

    Aditya_Deshpande8

    gelfand has woken up the sleeping tiger...now he's gonna be thrashed

  • 2 years ago

    parini

    Vishy is back

    it took just 17 moves

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    Oh no, 

  • 2 years ago

    Bjarkoff

    Way to go, Gelfand! 

  • 2 years ago

    rnickel

     Why not ...r-r8 check     K X R  P Queens check,  then capture the night?

  • 2 years ago

    nerv

    I watched Gelfand play and victory in the world cup. He was promised to go directly to a challanger match. But Fide changed their mind and Gelfand had to play in chllanger tournament together with Kramnik, Aronian and other strong players. And instead of complaining he just won again. Now everyone predicted Gelfand is a clear underdog and he is winning again. And if you go through his games you can see that his precission is almost computer-like. So I really don't understand complainers, Gelfand clearly deserved to play in this match. And so far the play from both playerrs is VERY precise, I think much more precise then in past championships.

  • 2 years ago

    jittu

    NOW the championship makes some intrest .... but its cristal clear    anand is a very sharp player and he crushed boris very sooooon ...

    .............              i hope he will play like VISHWANATHAN ANAND who is inside him,,,..  !??!!!

  • 2 years ago

    jittu

    NOW the championship makes some intrest .... but its cristal clear    anand is a very sharp player and he crushed boris very sooooon ...

    .............              i hope he will play like VISHWANATHAN ANAND who is inside him,,,..  !??!!!

  • 2 years ago

    Kenji_Yamazaki

    ok that's surprising :O

    but I agree, this 12 games round is not good for a world championship format. back in those days Alekhine and Capablanca played a marathon match of 34 games (Alekhine win 6-3 with 25 draws). Kasparov and Karpov played 48 games (with Karpov leading 5-3 and 40 draws) before the match is cancelled.

    During Botvinnik's/ Spassky's/ Fischer's era the match was decided on 24 games.

    50 years from now on, World Championship matches would be decided by sudden-death game.

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