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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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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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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    Skand

    These two men were fighting for the world crown. They were not there to entertain the crowd. If some spectators did not enjoy, too bad. The rest of us enjoyed the battle of wits between the champion and the challenger.

    If someone feels he is a better player, let him come through due process and take the crown away from the current champion.

  • 2 years ago

    joey0094

    congrats to both players! gelfand's effort was not bad, and for anand, well you don't call him 'mr. lightning' for nothing...

  • 2 years ago

    MahenKamat

    congr8s Mr.Anand Sir, U r a "Kohinoor Of India".

  • 2 years ago

    Knightern

    Congrats Anand. Great champion. You have shown your worth. 

    Boris, you stood your ground. 

    I respect you guys.

  • 2 years ago

    kansanvic

    well done Anand congratulations

  • 2 years ago

    chessrook1234

    it was good to see 2 extremely friendly players...In prior years (Kaspy, Karpov etc), there seemed to be so much nastiness between the 2 opponents playing..btw, who were the seconds in this match? Was Aronian one of the seconds for Gelfand?

  • 2 years ago

    chessrook1234

    Congrats Anand....

  • 2 years ago

    snezna_sova

    Congrats to Anand...

  • 2 years ago

    Robert_deNiro

    Irrelevant World Chess Championship

  • 2 years ago

    chessdoggblack

    Congratulations to the "King of Chess", MR. ANAND! My colorful comments posted were the best of all of you. As for those who did not see my big picture on Anand you need to have a brain transplant. You know who you are. All of you "Anand haters" out there who were envious of him should get on your knees and bow to the man now! Copies of all his chess accomplishments should be placed on the next space shuttle to be cast into the universe. He fooled and toyed with many of your brains, but not me. I, like himself had faith in him. Grade:A+. Anand not only had a game plan...he knew what to expect from Gelfand, and Gelfand knew what to expect from Anand. Anand knew to play it safe to the tie-breaks and Gelfand knew that was not a position he wanted to be in. Gelfand has my respect as a person and great chess player, he fought will. India has given the world a wonderful chess player in Anand. There will be no one greater in chess than Anand for many life times. Thanks, India and thank you Mr. Anand. Should you retire we shall miss you. There is nothing more to gain or prove to the world or world chess champion wanna bee's. You and you alone are our chess gift to the world. I am glad that I was a witness to this chess match in my life time...it was Anand's gift to serious chess players. Again, best of wishes to you and your family and India. India, let the party begin forever! Serious Chess players like myself and others will always appreciate you ANAND!Cool

  • 2 years ago

    raulmercadox

    Yo creo que Gelfand se va con una buena sensación. Anand no lo pudo derrotar en las partidas clásicas lo cual significa a mi entender que Anand está perdiendo el toque. Es lo que pasa cuando uno se va poniendo viejo. Los mas talentosos vendrán pronto a ocupar el podio. Ya saben a quienes me refiero.

  • 2 years ago

    Kingpatzer

    So, if we're going to decide the World Championship in rapid and blitz games, what makes it different from the World Rapid and World Blitz Championships?

    Congrats FIDE on taking another giant step towards making the title irrelevant.

  • 2 years ago

    k7pothi

    Congrats to Anand, well done...

  • 2 years ago

    jittu

    it was confermed... but galfand pld suprisingly !!?

  • 2 years ago

    ceddy28

    This championship was comfortable for Anand in the end i guess. But the next one could be perhaps more or less humiliating with the likes of kramink, Carlsen, and Aronian.

  • 2 years ago

    dbadude

    Congrats Vishy

  • 2 years ago

    jesterville

    Anand surely has lost a step...or is that the competition has come closer due to computer prep? Regardless, I wanted more from this Match, but enjoyed the games...really enjoyed The Rapids...it was my first time following the faster game.

    Congrats Anand...you are still king of the hill...

  • 2 years ago

    NaveenBairy

    Congrats to Anand, well done...

  • 2 years ago

    Sachinsarchive

    Shut up "swine flu" !! improve your rating first.

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Congratulations to the world champion (for the nth time)!

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