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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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  • 2 years ago

    Horrus011

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

  • 2 years ago

    Melchizedek10

    Congrats to Anand!  Both a great gentleman and I hope Gelfand will take the loss easy and goes on happy.  Both are good souls of God.  It's the challenger of the next WCC that will determine how exciting/boring the match will be.  There is always first for everything.  Take it easy some hard critics.

  • 2 years ago

    StakeOut

    one and a half million dollars buys a lot of rice in india. and cows. lots of cows.  

  • 2 years ago

    jesterville

    We all know that Anand has passed his best years, this has been apparent for some time now. But a more humble man who resides on top of the hill...you will not find in all of chess history. In the post game interview he was gracious in his win, and complimented Gelfand in his strong play and preparation. Congratulations Anand, and thanks for all the great memories you have provided us.

  • 2 years ago

    Wicked_Soul

    What a stupid way to end a championship. This shift from slow to quick games simply encourages draws among the quick players and makes the whole contest a farse.

    Anand played by the rules and won though, so congrats to him.

  • 2 years ago

    bolshevikhellraiser

    I bet this match has the highest draw percentage than any other match in history. the alekhine and capablanca match might be runner up.

  • 2 years ago

    IndianHarry

    Congrats to Anand. There is nothing new to prove for Congrats Vishy. I love your Universal style of play. Your the true World Champion of all format. Keep it up.

  • 2 years ago

    Omelet

    This is the first Championship to necessate an asterisk.

    * (won by Rapid Chess)

  • 2 years ago

    a1h8

    Congratulations Anand for the championship. A few considerations:

    Yes, it's true it wasn't very exciting WC and didn't provide todays' best player, that Anand wasn't at his best;  Gelfand played better than predicted. But Anand, historically has been a far more creative player than Gelfand ever was. Also, some of the best years of Anand were 'lost' in the Fide-ACP split and that was unfair to his career. Anand took on Topalov on Topa's turf and beat him despite all the smear campaign which was downright below- the- belt tactics by Topa and Danailov. So time and again Anand has been a great player and a gracious human being. A great combination. Eventually youngsters will defeat him but so what? That happens in every sport and public memory is always short- they remember whoever is best today. So let us not forget that Anand is a great champion. The worst thing is to make cheap and vulgar comments instead of saying honorable words. But it takes an honorable person to do that.

    AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORLD CHAMPION VISHY ANAND.

  • 2 years ago

    shiro_europa

    Congrats to Anand. Said that, this WC was a disgraceful garbage. 

  • 2 years ago

    davidmelbourne

    Phew. Anand got away with it...just. He also summarised the match accurately, commending Gelfand for his World Cup and Candidate wins (where Aronian did play, people seem to forget). It certainly could have gone either way.

    I am glad it was Anand becuase he was so gracious in victory, whereas Gelfand was anything but gracious in defeat. 

  • 2 years ago

    SILVIU2004

    Anand played very fast in tie break....except game 1 Gelfand had time problem. My impresion is that Anand is a very good and fast player in this short matches.

  • 2 years ago

    lobosolo21

    ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR LOSING TO ANAND? NOT BAD AT ALL!!

  • 2 years ago

    vishalkg

    Congrats Vishy Anand!!

  • 2 years ago

    Caballero_sin_nombre

    Thanks to the live web cast of the tie breaks, I got about three hours of sleep last night!  I'd do it over again though, it was chess history in the making.  You would think there would be some jumping and waving of arms; but it was only a slight smile and a shake of hands as they agreed to draw the fourth game.  Another WCC under the belt.  Congratulations Vishy!  I hoped that you would win.  

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Anand had nothing to do with the format for picking his challenger.  He cannot be blamed if Carlsen did not participate in the process or if Aronian lost in the process.  He played a good match and won it!  Until someone dethrones him, he is still world champion!  He earned it.

  • 2 years ago

    WestofHollywood

    Players like Fischer, Botvinnik, Tal, Smyslov, and Petrosian are probably rolling in their graves about this travesty of a world championship match.

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Congratulations to a true champion!  The only disgrace to chess are spiteful comments made by those who cannot accept that he is a worthy champion. 

  • 2 years ago

    floi

    those two pictures at the end of the article are golden. gz Anand!

  • 2 years ago

    Skand

    Given that people normally find that subject boring which they can't understand, this championship play must be of very high quality since quite a large number of them are shouting, "Boring!" Some of these pseudo experts may just be copy cats, trying to impress others.

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