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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

    black_pawns

    congrat to gelfand Smile

  • 3 years ago

    juanchito75

    Gelfdand deserves his chance for the title.  Unlike Carlsen, Gelfand has actually earned that right.  It will be a fantastic match.  Gelfand is a fighter and he will give it all knowing this is his only chance at the title.  

  • 3 years ago

    zzgloo

    Grischuk would have given Anand a better fight.....Gelfand has absolutly no chance.

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    Gelfand seems less likely to fold under pressure than Topalov last year.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    All this talk about Magnus should play Anand...hey, he had his chance, and refused to play for whatever reason...so be it...let him grow up...he will eventually realise that the world does not revolve around him.

    ...does Gelfand stand a chance in hell against Anand?...mathematically yes, realistically...I don't think so...

  • 3 years ago

    hassanbahaa

    Anand will devour Gelfand in 2012.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    I was thinking... move 33...NxR for Grishuk...

  • 3 years ago

    NickYoung5

    Agreed, Anand and Gelfand are both class acts

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    In this case from means current nationality. Boris plays next to the Israili flag. 

    On another note, I have a feeling we have a chance to return to the days of classy WCC matches.

  • 3 years ago

    NickYoung5

    @rorschah1985

    Question 1. slightly depends on your definition of "from": Gelfand was born in Minsk and lived there til he was 30ish. I believe Belarus counted as part of the Soviet Union

    EDIT: He also represented the Soviet Union in the 1990 Olympiad

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    Anand is by far the favorite, but we mustn't underestimate Gelfand. 

  • 3 years ago

    Bojanglesryan

    I can already imagine the title for the end of the WCC

    "Anand Massacres Gelfland in. . .."

  • 3 years ago

    AlexiShirov

    Congratulations to Mr.Gelfand .. but i think Anand has a simple mission to finish in the world title match .

  • 3 years ago

    SJFG

    Great job to Gelfand!

  • 3 years ago

    BronsteinFan

    Congratulations to Mr. Gelfand! I think he deserved to win the candidates.

    In the decisive moments of the matches he showed great courage

    and he fought like a lion.

    I want also to congratulate Mr. Grischuk for his very good result at the candidates

    matches and for showing great sportsmanship after the match.

    Mr. Grischuk is a real gentleman.

  • 3 years ago

    Dekker

    @mishanp: wow, great live comment! Thanks for giving the link! @WGM Pogonina: lol, very nice!
  • 3 years ago

    dahchessmaster

    gotta luv it !!!!

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    ummm...Gelfand has just earned the right to play for the WCC. If Anand doesn't play him his title is forfeit. 

  • 3 years ago

    skattman

    Gelfand will never play Anand for the championship nor does he deserve to. It will be Carlson versus Anand like it should be. Give the people what they want.

  • 3 years ago

    msoewulff

    It's going to be a great WCC match. Go Gelfand.

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