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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

    glafnazur139

    After so looking forward to this match I find that now it has ended I feel let down. It seems to me that Anand was quite happy to draw his way through as he was always the more likely player to win the tie breaks. For my taste there were too few games, too many draws and not nearly enough creativity. I'm sure most of us were expecting (or at least hoping for) something more from this match.

  • 3 years ago

    tonyhuxley

    a very not-interesting WC match...

  • 3 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Congrats to Anand for defending his WCC title for the third time! Kudos to Boris for putting up a great fight!

  • 3 years ago

    TDHeller

    Thanks IM PFERN and WestofHollywood - you expressed this match quite succinctly.Embarassed Only Alekhine-Bogo MIGHT have been more lopsided. Still selectively mismatched championships seem to be the new world order.

    The Same as the old Boss.

  • 3 years ago

    edku

    Game 3. After move 58. It's won endgame for white. Gelfand played 59. Rh7?? and it's draw. But Kg3 wins! Poor Gelfand.

  • 3 years ago

    Aditya_Deshpande8

    Those who said that the matches weren't interesting and draws were made too soon, the second game of the tie-breakers is in your face  :P ...

  • 3 years ago

    Aditya_Deshpande8

    yes you have done it again.........ANAND you are the man....

  • 3 years ago

    OVAIDO

    the question is why the world chess chompion whitout compététion

  • 3 years ago

    anrbnsen_9

    The fight showed, that it would be difficult and more difficult to retain in near future.Congrats!! Anand you make me proud, whenever i look at the flag beside it.Few moves came as a bolt from the blue as i look into it now.But Congrats!!! anand, you prove the Aryan mettle..

  • 3 years ago

    OVAIDO

    very strong anand bravo anand 

  • 3 years ago

    amrita1


                                                 BHARAT   MATAKI   JAY  !!!

                                  

    CONGRATULATIONS   TO  GM  VISHWANATHAN  ANAND OF BHARAT(INDIA) 
    FOR WINNING THE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FOR THE  FIFTH  TIME !!!
    WE  ARE  PROUD  OF  YOU !!!
  • 3 years ago

    Sachinsarchive

    Congratulations Vishy !! You have done it again !

    btw 'WestofHollywood' is "Waste of Hollywood"Tongue out

  • 3 years ago

    KtFighter

    I agree amitprabhale.  Also, for a world chess championship to be decided in a rapid format is unfortunate.  One had to figure, as I did, that the faster time control would favor Anand.  Gelfand gets all due credit for being a worthy challenger.  I am in the end an Anand fan though.  Go Anand!

  • 3 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Great effort by Gelfand but Anand is still too tough to crack. Long live the Champ!

  • 3 years ago

    Skand

    Bravo! Well done Anand!!

  • 3 years ago

    karthikva

    Anand, always that poker face.. is he the poker champion?

  • 3 years ago

    IM pfren

    The worst WC match ever, without any competition.

  • 3 years ago

    Aknaim

    Congratz to Anand.

    @WestofHollywood ... if all that ever happens ... well lets just say it might be quite epic Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    ironic_begar

    Gotta love that exciting 81% draw rate.

  • 3 years ago

    Samir_91

    Good games,but I prefer watch old games of chessmasters then this two...

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