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Gelfand Wins In Kazan!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/25/11, 9:04 AM.

At last! After five straight draws the odds on a decisive result in the last game of the Candidates final in Kazan were not looking good, but Boris Gelfand broke the deadlock to win with some excellent play!

Gelfand switched to 1.d4 and Grischuk responded with the Grunfeld, but soon Grischuk was falling well behind on the clock as Gelfand enjoyed a pleasant advantage.

The middle-game was very complicated and both players seemed nervous, but Gelfand stayed on top and slowly Grischuk's position deteriorated further.

Finally after 35 moves Grischuk conceded defeat and suddenly the Candidates event was over.  42 year-old Boris Gelfand, currently ranked #16 in the world will be the challenger for Vishy Anand's world title in 2012.

 

At the post-match press conference, the body language says it all...

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 Name  Nat Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total 
 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2747 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2733 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1

 

Congratulations to Gelfand on a fantastic achievement!  He played some great chess during the event to crush Mamedyarov, beat Kamsky convincingly in tie-break games, and he always looked the more likely to win a game in the final.


See you at Anand-Gelfand in 2012! Cool

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  • 3 years ago

    davidmelbourne

    Well deserved victory by Gelfund. This was his seventh serious effort in the Candidates, the first in 1993. When he finally gets to the final in 2012, it will conclude a 20 year campiegn. Grishuk is still comparatively young and will have chances in the future.
  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    This is going to be an extremely well played match. Both players are extremely professional and classy, have excellent retinue, and excel in match play. They both have demonstrated the use of flash novelties.

  • 3 years ago

    obbyka

    Anand is not invincible.Good luck Boris.

  • 3 years ago

    memedjava

    Last time Gelfand defeated Anand was in 1993, since then Anand won 15 times and never lost again. Check it at 365chess.com!!!

  • 3 years ago

    Forkhard

    Good luck, Gelfand! Especially for an underdog it's never too late to become World Champion

  • 3 years ago

    _valentin_

    A very strong, experienced, and cool-headed match player, Gelfand is actually much stronger in matches (as history has shown, especially in recent years) than in tournaments.  He doesn't have many strong tournament wins, but his work on knock-out matches is convincing -- both here and in the 2009 World Cup, which he won with ease.  In some ways, Anand is similar: not winning many tournaments but being consistently in the top ranks and being exceptionally strong in matches.  So they will match each other and it will be interesting.

  • 3 years ago

    JOHNNYTAWAS58

    I doubt Gelfand will beat Anand, Vissy will retain the crown again and again, this is bouring if only one man wear the crown for so long. I hope that Carlsen or kasparov comeback to fight again though it is not easy since they are in different path.

  • 3 years ago

    mobidi

    Congratulations! Boris is" the last of the mohicans"-old soviet school.

  • 3 years ago

    vijaykulkarni

    Congratulations to the fighter GM Gelfand and lets have the Grand Title match now with the smiling assassin Anand

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    nobody said he would be afraid. They were wondering if Anand would play e4 to see if he would get a najdorf. But then gelfand could answer with something different.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    Anand afraid to face "the Najdorf"?...come on guys...this happens to be Anand's fav opening...

    Let's hope there will be no hitches to prevent the WCC next year...

  • 3 years ago

    Vladan88

    Very bad... I hoped Grischuk would advance. At least that would mean an interesting WC match. Gelfand stands no chance against Anand.. Wonder whether they find sponsorship...

  • 3 years ago

    mottsauce

    A quick chessgames.com search shows that Gelfand has beaten Anand only once since the early 90s.  He won a single blitz game at Amber in the late 2000s.

    Anand has won 16, Gelfand 7, with forty-something draws.

  • 3 years ago

    mottsauce

    Anand will wreck Gelfand.

  • 3 years ago

    ivanx00

    Well, I do agree with some of the posts here that Anand will mop the floor with Gelfand in 2012. On the other hand, I do hope Anand actually plays e4 a couple times so we can see the najdorf back again in a World Championship match.

  • 3 years ago

    Knightmage

    Well I was going for Grischuk but oh well not to be, I think he did well to get as far as he did. Congratulations to Gelfand, I think it is going to be a good match with Annad.

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    hmmm, or maybe Gelfand won't play the najdorf....

  • 3 years ago

    snoooze

    I wonder if Anand will switch back to e4 knowing he will be facing te najdorf. It will be very interesting.

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    ohhh yeah, the big colorful letters below say it all! Go Go Gelfand.

  • 3 years ago

    marwanradman123

    Our Congratulations to GM Gelfand

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