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Vishy Anand Retains World Championship!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/30/12, 6:20 AM.

World Champion Vishy Anand has retained his title in a tense and exciting tie-break playoff with Boris Gelfand.

The Indian champion missed a winning opportunity in the first game with black, but won the second game of the 4-game tie-break when some excellent preparation drove Gelfand into terrible time-trouble and he lost a drawn ending.

Anand was lucky to survive a cramped position in game three, with the challenger missing the crushing 26. Nxe4, and Anand drew the final game to retain the title.

After the match Anand's immediate reaction was, "I'm too tense to be happy, but I'm really relieved".


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Game 1: A very sharp and tactical game ended with a draw.  Gelfand erred with 19.a4? which allowed 19...Qf3 and it looked like Anand had winning chances, but he seemed surprised by 22.Ra3 after which the advantage swung back to Gelfand.  Despite this, Anand managed to hold for a draw.  A missed opportunity for Anand?

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 1 pic4.jpg

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Game 2: Vishy Anand wins and takes the lead! The opening followed game 10 until Anand varied with 7.d4.  Gelfand was caught in the champion's preparation, and fell behind on the clock as he tried to solve his opening problems.

Anand found the strong move 17.Rg5, obtaining an excellent position, but Gelfand fought hard and achieved great drawing chances. Alas for the Israeli challenger, he was unable to continue to find the best moves as he survived solely on the 10 second increment, and Anand took the lead.

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 2 pic2.jpg

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Game 3: Another exciting draw. Anand varied with 4...Bf5 and Gelfand grabbed a lot of space with 13.c5 and 14.f4.  Anand's pieces became badly unco-ordinated and he sacrificed a pawn to free them and gain some activity.

Once again Gelfand was well behind on the clock and he missed the winning 26. Nxe4 after which Anand eventually achieved a draw.

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 3 pic 4.jpg

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Game 4: Vishy Anand draws the game with white and retains his title!

Anand exchanged queens early on to simplify the position at the cost of a slightly better position for his opponent. 

Gelfand didn't need to be asked twice to attack, and threw his pawns forward on both sides of the board.  But the champion had it all under control, and despite Gelfand's desperate efforts, he had to settle for a draw and the end of his challenge.

Anand wins the match on tie-breaks 2½-1½.

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 4.jpg

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A happy Vishy Anand at the press conference...
WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break press conference Vishy Anand.jpg
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...contrasted with the defeated challenger Boris Gelfand
WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-breal press conference Boris Gelfand.jpg
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  • 3 years ago

    kadamban

    Rapid chess is any one game. Best wishes to Anand and gelfand.

  • 3 years ago

    SanWogi

    Boris played quite impressive in the tie breaks, but his time management was questionable.He tried to outplay his opponent with some more time investment. That's fine. He got "won" positions more than once. But when Anand managed to hold, he refused to switch to a faster and less perfectionistic playing style and got completely out of comfort. 

  • 3 years ago

    manenir

    i dont think anyone is considering this a moral victory of anand.

  • 3 years ago

    grpagrhr

    congradulations  mr. anand, well done.

  • 3 years ago

    chess264

    Congrats to Anand. Gelfand also played brilliantly throughout. :-)

    To those who see the contest as boring, World Championship Chess is always intense and number of draws or lack of 'tantrums' by contestants shouldn't be seen as a signal of 'lacking intensity', 'lacking motivation' and other 'conspiracy theories' by detractors. Both of them are respectable gentlemen in Chess. They played in right spirit and the best player won. 

  • 3 years ago

    OneNOnlyOne

    Congratulation to Anand...Well deserved...He was able to hold his nerve and keep patient....Kudos to Anand!

  • 3 years ago

    guesso

    congratulation for the world rapid chess champion !

  • 3 years ago

    algorab

    Pretty boring championship ...  

  • 3 years ago

    rnickel

     World championships should not be determined by blitz play. Both players should be declared co-champions and thrown in the mix in the next champion cycle.

  • 3 years ago

    coolchess1

    @TerminallyUnique(/retard) -- then what for the time controls are for? I guess to hatch eggs? I'm surprised how you can you play chess with such minimal understanding of time.

  • 3 years ago

    jeffrey11267

    i think this World Champs is probably the most boring one. Anad didn't show his full potential like he use to be. maybe magnus carlsen would've made this event more interesting. but i think Fide should also change how the chess world championship works and the rating. but that's just my opinion 

  • 3 years ago

    coolchess1

    @Skand... Good points you made. Kasparov always wants to be in limelight while playing and now after retiring. Anyway, congrats to Anand on retaining his title. May long live the King of chess.

  • 3 years ago

    kuldeep

    Heartly congratulation to my love Vishy. Some people can critic on this championship that boring etc. But it should be known by them that World Championship is not a joke & this is the matter of Anand's choice that how he tackle this championship. He didn't take more risk in long games and went for tie-break. Nothing bad in this matter. He knew that Gelfand was giving good fight in long games but in tie-break enverybody knows. So in the last famous quote. "All is well that ends well"

  • 3 years ago

    rgCOCA

    congratulations! :)

  • 3 years ago

    Skand

    Sometimes I feel there is a very subtle but deliberate attempt to run down Anand, FIDE and world championship by Kasparov.

    We all know his run-ins with FIDE. Obviously he still holds grudges against it. His comments like Anand has lost interest in chess are a very subtle way of discrediting the worthiness of 2012 FIDE WCC. His hinting at drawn games is another arrow aimed at people whom he does not have a lot of love for.

    His fans of course lap it up and in true hero-worship style start chanting "boring", "unworthy" etc.

    It is unfortunate that Kasparov retired when he did. Or perhaps he made a smart move by retiring when he did!? Perhaps he could see that his days as numero uno were numbered because players like Kramnik & Anand were raising their levels too fast for comfort?

    Like all time great opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar said when he retired, "It is better to retire when people ask 'why?' rather than 'why not?'" - perhaps Kasparov too wanted to retire when people were asking 'why now?'

    However there is another way of looking at the similar situation - the Sachin Tendulkar way, "It is selfish to retire when you are at your peak".

    If Kasparov had not retired when he did, the world may have witnessed some more exciting clashes between him and Anand in WCC. It is not Anand's fault if his opponents take retirement or if they have less staying power than him or if they do not participate in candidates tournament.

    There could be something in it when people say Anand has passed his prime. But not necessarily. Let us also not forget that youngsters have grown up analysing his games and his style of play - so obviously they are better prepared to face him. And players of his own age have also now thoroughly analysed him. It is but natural that it will be more and more difficult for Anand to win. Besides, age will eventually catch up with him, like in any other sport.

    But at the moment he is the world champion and let us give him the respect that a world champion deserves. By discreding him or the championship we are being unfair and the ultimate loser will be the game of chess.

    A side note: It is time that Viswanathan Anand - a world chess champion in all formats of chess - is added to chess.com's dictionary so that it is not 'caught' as a spelling mistake! Chess.com, wake up, you are a world class chess portal - at least add your world champion's name in your dictionary!!

  • 3 years ago

    06301989

    congrats to Anand, the decent man.

  • 3 years ago

    muralidharancg

    CHESS .COM IS THERE NO WAY   TO MAKE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS MORE VIBRANT AND EXCITING,RATHER THAN THE WAY  W. C. 2012 WENT ABOUT.SUGGESTIONS TO FIDE ARE REQUIRED.

  • 3 years ago

    muralidharancg

    victory and defeat.last 2 photos says it all.

  • 3 years ago

    Jebcc

    the mark of a champion is victory.  VIVA ANAND

  • 3 years ago

    Horrus011

    Buying a cow or two? I don't think he needs to anymore.

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