Gelfand And Anand Draw Game 11

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/26/12, 10:44 AM.

Boris Gelfand failed to make any headway in game 11 of his world title challenge match against Vishy Anand.

Anand chose the Nimzo-Indian once again, and surprised Gelfand with the rare move 8...Bd7.  Gelfand fell deep into thought, taking nearly 40 minutes to reply, falling a long way behind on the clock as he tried to counter the champion's preparation.

It seems that the time was well spent, as Gelfand steered the game to calm waters.  But it was Anand who somewhat surprisingly offered a draw after 25 moves, when Gelfand only had 13 minutes left to play 15 moves.  By contrast, Anand still had over an hour left on his clock.


Name  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
Vishy Anand ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ .
Boris Gelfand ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ .



Gelfand used nearly 40 minutes considering his reply to 8...Bd7

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 11 Boris Gelfand 2.jpg


Vishy Anand surprisingly didn't choose to play on in his opponent's time trouble

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 11 Vishy Anand.jpg


Tomorrow is another rest day, so the final game of the 12-game match will be on Monday 28 May.  Will Anand pull out a dramatic last-game victory, or will the destiny of the title be decided in rapid tie-breaks?



All games start at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC).  The time control is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and a final 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 seconds increment after move 61.

The prize fund is $2.55 million, with the winner receiving $1.53 million (60%), the loser $1.02 million (40%).

If the match is level after 12 games there will be a 4-game rapid match tie-break at 25 minutes per game plus 10 second increment. 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).

The full rules for the match can be found here (pdf).

The match schedule is below (times are Moscow time = UTC+4 hours):

Date Event Time Date Event Time
11-May Game  1  15:00 21-May Game  8  15:00
12-May Game  2  15:00 22-May Rest day   
13-May Rest day    23-May Game  9  15:00
14-May Game  3  15:00 24-May Game  10  15:00
15-May Game  4  15:00 25-May Rest day   
16-May Rest day    26-May Game  11  15:00
17-May Game  5  15:00 27-May Rest day   
18-May Game  6  15:00 28-May Game  12  15:00
19-May Rest day    29-May Rest day   
20-May Game  7  15:00 30-May Tie break  12:00


The official match website has video commentary in Russian and English.  The English language host is Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, who will be joined by Nigel Short (on 11–12 May), Jan Timman (14–15 May), Joel Lautier (17 May), Peter Svidler (18, 23–24 and 28 May), Peter Leko (20–21 May), and Vladimir Kramnik (26 May).

Screenshots taken from the official coverage, which is available for replay at the match website.

Computer analysis from the official website.

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  • 4 years ago


    I believe if it is okay to make fun of someone who is is not a world champion, then it is okay to make fun of a world champion too. Such extreme hero worship leads to intolerance and suppresses the simple joy of light banter and humour in daily life.

    If someone suggests in good humour that Anand is responding to distraction created by Gelfand's habit of pacing up and down by creating a stink of his own through wearing same t-shirt every day - in no way it is meant to disrespect Anand. It's just seeing the funny side of otherwise mundane things.

  • 4 years ago


    How is Gelfand in rapid play?

  • 4 years ago


    magic-yak:  Thank you for your kind words!

    Comparisons between masters of the past and masters of the present cannot be realistic and we can only speculate.  

    One thing is clear from looking at games from the past versus contemporary games: the opponents of masters in 1930 mostly made big mistakes that were easier to take advantage of than the opponents in 2010.  While a master like Capablanca may win the endgame with black against some mediocre player of the modern age, this is almost impossible to do against solid players like Gelfand, Anand and many many others, even if there's 13 minutes left on the clock for 15 moves.  Today we have professional players who have trained for ages in so many situations, and while they do blunder every now and then, relying on this is not likely to pay off sufficiently often for the experiment to be worth it.

  • 4 years ago


    I think they are playing their best and they are just evenly matched. It's pretty clear they made very few mistakes over these 12 games and they are very well prepared, that's probably why they didn't play really well in recent months. Definitely the match should be longer and with less rest days. I hope more than anything this doesn't go to tiebreak, at least not blitz.

  • 4 years ago


    my dear friends. NIIT is official sponser of vishwanathan anand. and the t shirts which he wear is given by them only.NIIT bear the cost of travelling for playing a match and other expenses including training cost also.

    In India making a carrier in sports costs alot to an individual financiall and emotionally, one cant persuade a dream of being a sportsman if there is no sponsers.

    INDIAN CRICKET TEAM's official sponser is sahara group.please dont make fun of someone who holds the tittle of world's number 1 player that too from past 19 years.

  • 4 years ago


    some people just buy 40 copies of the same shirt because they like the design so much.  May be Anand is one of them :-)

  • 4 years ago


    Does Anand usually wear the same shirt throughout an entire matche?  Is this one of those sport luck things where the hockey players never wash their jock straps?

  • 4 years ago



    I care. People are so critical these days... none of you could perform at their level, so who are you to be critical of their play?

  • 4 years ago


    I don't think the match is prearranged. I think Gelfand thought he could increase his lead on game 8, misacalculated, and lost. I think he is now going back into safe mode again. We saw a lot of "safe" play in the candidate matches last year. When the stakes are high, people tend to play more cautiously. Gelfand got to where he is by doing that well. Considering it is probably he last chance to become world champion, can you really blame him?

  • 4 years ago


    What I find curious is while both playing in a very conservative style, how Boris blew the 8th game with black playing a very risky and dubious line (Nh5). Is the match prearranged? I know what Fischer would answer if he could.

    Clearly Anand is not enjoying himself but one expects more from a WC champion. Can't blame the unexpected +40 year old challenger.

    An important factor that should be taken in account is the money on stake. Not only in this match but the next one, probably with Carlsen or Aronian as challengers. And it's obvious that with Anand as a partner,  much more money can be raised than with Gelfand. That's the main reason why I think Anand will win. Very sad.

  • 4 years ago


    Anand  will  be  champion  again  and  triumph  of  final  round

  • 4 years ago


    WC matches should be based on the first to x# of wins.  It makes the draws less noteworthy.  Look at Karpov-Kasparov I 48 games and 40 draws but who cared about the draws? 

  • 4 years ago


    Boring... just waiting to watch Karpov and Seirawan in Saint Louis, 9-13 June...

  • 4 years ago


    Out of 34 games there were 25 draws in 1927 (Alekhine-Capablanca), so having 12 games only does not appear to be decisive enough setup. At the same time perhaps everybody (including the FIDE) is looking forward to get this over with as soon as possible.

  • 4 years ago


    Another ugly draw from the 2 female ballet dancers in Moscow bleah.....Gelfand simply cannot beat the man and Anand just want to go home and sleep. What an odd couple, they should make a movie togheter I'm sure hollywood is already working on this to replace  Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  Old tired dinosaurs should left space for young motivated chess players

  • 4 years ago


    chessdoggblack Lol you make me laugh!! You should put your ranting in blog form for all of us to enjoy :P

    the same goes for you NrthrnKnght You really should start writing down all your rants. Of all the angry disgusted tirades I've read on this site I think yours is the best.

     ptrckmackay Your theory makes to much sense. Think about it. Some one pays Anand copious amounts of money to draw the first 12 games. This person just assumes that Gelfand wont have a chance to win with Anand going strait for the draw. Then, out of nowhere, Boris wins the seventh game! What does our wealthy clandestine friend do? He pays Gelfand to blow the eighth game!

    TheSingingCricket   I don't understand why you mention amateurs in your post...they have nothing in common with super GMs

    F22Raptor: You seem to be the only person here who is actually thinking. I can't believe I missed such a blatant form of prejudice when I read the article

    Skand: I like your idea about Mohammed Ali. If we continue the idea logically, Super GMs need to now find a way to make themselves unique from each other. Some one needs to think of a new way to approach the game. IT IS TIME FOR INOVATION!!!

    _valentin_ What would you say to the people who say "Capablanca could win this, why didn't Anand try?" Do you think there is any merit to this argument?

    EDIT: I would like to mention that I no longer believe F22Raptor is the only one thinking here. Valentin is also using his brain before posting

  • 4 years ago


    for godsakes, no more comments abt magnus crushing his opponents if he were in a match.WCC matches are played with lot of prep. and it will be other way round.

    I really hope magnus plays and wins candidates tournament next time and not sit like a coward. I want him to be challenger next time against whoever it is anand or gelfand.i want him to be challenger Not because i like him, but want people to see that it is not easy even for magnus to go for wins instead of draws in a match situation. 

    i can understand carlsen not liking format but so did kasparov. kasparov didnt sit like a coward. He showed that he can be invincible and went against FIDE setting up his own organisation, but only after proving to the world that he can be world champion in any format.If magnus wants to do anything like that, first he needs to prove that he can win in any format.

    As for aronian, he didnt win candidates tounament which featured gelfand.So, yes gelfand is a worthy challenger.But atleast he didnt sit like a coward like magnus did.

  • 4 years ago


    I think Anand has already won. As some have mentioned, the game 11 can be easily drawn, but Anand sees his opponent is psychologically defeated. If Anand played on he risks being bored to tears, and why insult his fans?! My prediction is the last game will be a fun win for Anand, and for all!

  • 4 years ago


    @kenji: Important thing is whether players of Anand and Gelfand level can understand how Capablanca pulled out those wins - not whether you or I understand them. We wouldn't be us if we could understand the genius of a Capablanca, Anand or Kasporav - or for that matter any GM - in fact any IM, if I may add.

    @nyLsel: it was 13 moves in 15 minutes. Out out of 13 moves Anand must have seen that first 4-5 could be completed in 1-2 minutes, unless he tries to artificially complicate the game - in which case he may fall victim of his own doing! Why should Anand take such a risk when there is only one more game left and he is playing white?

    @sregor22: Sure they can play more interesting games. So has Anand played, when had nothing to lose. We will see how they play when/if they come to a situation where they have to defend WORLD crown which they have defended twice successfully.

  • 4 years ago


    It does seem like Anand could of put Gelfand in worse time trouble and try to win on time but he knows Gelfand,s strength and knows it was an easy draw even if he only had 5 minutes left. Gelfand was obviously confident he could draw when he walked away from the board with only 15 minutes left on his clock. After all, we see lots of amatures beating out all the moves in 3 minutes from move 1 and i,m sure Gelfand could of drawn the game in 13 minutes, easily! ONLY AN AMATURE WOULD OF PLAYED TO WIN FROM THERE AS BLACK PIECES!!!

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