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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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  • 4 years ago

    faysal_faris

    Please tell me this tie-breaker wasn't a blitz game!

  • 4 years ago

    JwLanning

    I enjoyed watching the games on fide.com, especially the last one.  I missed the first half, though, and so I don't know how Grischuk got into such nasty time trouble early on.

  • 4 years ago

    Clavius

    Hiarcs 13mp prefers 23...R5d6 (instead of ...Rb5?) which would have helped Black combat White's central pawns.  Prefers the game move 19...Rd8 to 19...Bxh4.

  • 4 years ago

    alonizm

    Wow, he deserve it!

  • 4 years ago

    Dekker

    Indeed impressive! Did he hang a piece?
  • 4 years ago

    Wade1961

    Congrats to Gelfand!!

  • 4 years ago

    sastrundle

     why not ....19bxh4 ????????  after this crafty  computer has it as a drawn game

  • 4 years ago

    farbror

    Impressive!

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