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World Chess Championship Tie-Breaks

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

Today the destiny of the WorldChess Championship will be decided.  Reigning champion Vishy Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand drew their 12-game match 6-6 and now play rapid tie-breaks for the title.

In addition to the title, there is also a difference in prize-money of more than half a million dollars.  The winner receives $1.53 million, the loser $1.02 million.

The tie-break starts at 12:00 in Moscow (08:00 UTC).  There will be a 4-game rapid match at 25 minutes per game plus 10 second increment. Boris Gelfand will have the white pieces in the first game.

If scores are still level a 2-game blitz match will be played at 5 minutes plus 3 second increment.  If the deadlock is still not broken, there can be up to 5 of the these 2-game blitz matches before a sudden-death blitz game will decide the winner (5 minutes for white, 4 minutes for black, and a 3 second increment from move 61).  There will be a 10 minute break between all the games.

Live coverage and commentary is available at the official website.

Updates will appear on this page with the results of the games as they happen!


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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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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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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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  • 2 years ago

    diogens

    I don't know if somebody has noticed the importance of theoretical rook endings in this tie break (endgame play hasn't really appeared in regular games and this is another issue about the match format).

    In game 2 Gelfand had a draw but didn't manage to simplify in the correct direction while Anand went for a winning R+P vs. R ending.

    Game 3, Gelfand had a winning and not difficult to sort at his level, again R+P vs. R, but very low on time, he blew it with Rh7?.

    So after 12 regular games plus 4 rapid ones, R+P vs. R endings have been decisive. Anand proved that his intuition leading to an effective time management was more reliable than Gelfands calculation.

  • 2 years ago

    Saint-Paulia

    I never know if this has already been pointed out (there is simply too much to read to get caught up on everything posted!), but...

    I have really enjoyed the video commentary/analysis by Daniel King on his YouTube channel. An example is the exciting mid-game of tie-break #1. See here: http://youtu.be/-5QMDmUk2EE That is a link but if it doesn't work you can copy and paste it in to get there I believe.

    Once again I had some real questions about how the game went from say move 19 on. I know, I know, second-guessing Grandmasters is a favorite past-time of the novice who should know better, but still...

  • 2 years ago

    rpranga

    Vishy Anand is a gr8 Super GM. He retain his Title again & again!!!

  • 2 years ago

    shengyi

    Anand retains title!

  • 2 years ago

    nancyamulraj

    congrats ...froud forour country

  • 2 years ago

    aadchesskid

    GAME 1, 26: RG4 OR H4 BETTER MOVE FOR BLACK?

  • 2 years ago

    Omelet

    This championship is the first to necessate an asterisk.

    * (won by Rapid Chess)

  • 2 years ago

    ksbalan04

    Anand has more speedy thinking than any other. His rapidness in chess retains his title. Congradulations.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Congratulations to both players!  The match could really have gone either way, and by the format in the end someone had to win...

    Given the incredible tension they were under, the quality of their games was extremely high -- even most of the rapid game moves were some of the best available, and the players made those moves with only seconds of thought.  Obviously, mistakes happen but that's normal under these circumstances; they just made very very few mistakes.

    Congratulations again to both Gelfand and Anand!

  • 2 years ago

    purpleplanet

    Congratulations to Anand. of course i would like boris to win (lol) but anad seemes nice - and it is an honor for boris to compete  against him

  • 2 years ago

    mrahim

    Anand is the real champion

  • 2 years ago

    WestofHollywood

    Anand is still world champion. We can all sleep at night now. The world is saved. Anand will now go forward and achieve a 3000 rating, cure cancer, end world hunger, and pursue a lucrative career in body building.

  • 2 years ago

    Sachinsarchive

    I bet Anand will defend his title in 2014 also...You all critics do not know Anand well.

    & I dont see that people are happy with Anand's win !!

    Why??

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Anand will lose his title in 2014 to Aronian

  • 2 years ago

    muralidharancg

    ANAND YOU WON. CONGATS.

  • 2 years ago

    Czechman

    Coverage was insufferable. Between the art blathering during the games, commercial breaks during the games and the often disrupted feed I don't know which was worse.

  • 2 years ago

    Sachinsarchive

    Anand has now answered all his critics....Congratulations Vishy !!

  • 2 years ago

    karthikva

    vishy is the champion again

  • 2 years ago

    ahmaad

    Congratulations to Anand.

  • 2 years ago

    RigasUT

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