Gelfand Wins In Kazan!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/25/11, 9:04 AM.

At last! After five straight draws the odds on a decisive result in the last game of the Candidates final in Kazan were not looking good, but Boris Gelfand broke the deadlock to win with some excellent play!

Gelfand switched to 1.d4 and Grischuk responded with the Grunfeld, but soon Grischuk was falling well behind on the clock as Gelfand enjoyed a pleasant advantage.

The middle-game was very complicated and both players seemed nervous, but Gelfand stayed on top and slowly Grischuk's position deteriorated further.

Finally after 35 moves Grischuk conceded defeat and suddenly the Candidates event was over.  42 year-old Boris Gelfand, currently ranked #16 in the world will be the challenger for Vishy Anand's world title in 2012.


At the post-match press conference, the body language says it all...



 Name  Nat Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total 
 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2747 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2733 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1


Congratulations to Gelfand on a fantastic achievement!  He played some great chess during the event to crush Mamedyarov, beat Kamsky convincingly in tie-break games, and he always looked the more likely to win a game in the final.

See you at Anand-Gelfand in 2012! Cool

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  • 6 years ago


    for Mimchi...

    yea but you forgot one thing, gelfand and anand never competed on the world champion title, gelfand now have 11 monthes to learn anand's way of playing, and believe be, gelfand will train everyday for this title, the diffrenece between gelfand and anand, that gelfand is a hungry lion, by the way, gelfand won the world cup 2009, you never know what can happen, i dont know either, but, it wont be easy for any of them.

    good luck anand and gelfand!!

  • 6 years ago


    and bam! so much debate laid moot.

  • 6 years ago



    Topalov-Anand had nobody from either Russia or the former Soviet Union. Bulgaria vs India.

  • 6 years ago


    For rorschach1985

    If you don't consider the false final of 1993, we have to go back to 1934 to find a confrontation  between two players over 40' ! Bogolyubov vs Alekhine

  • 6 years ago


    How boring. Gelfand is not a worthy opponent.  Anand will flush him down the proverbial pipe.

  • 6 years ago


    Gelfand is an empire chess!

    won the world cup in 2009

    won the fide candidates now

    and also took with Israel group medals in the last two olympic chess

    I'm so happy I am going to eat some banana's

    c u later.Smile

  • 6 years ago


    congratulations gelfand

  • 6 years ago


    Hooray for Boris!!!

  • 6 years ago


    Congratulations to Boris Gelfand on his well deserved victory. A couple of questions thrown out there for those who are interested: 1. When was the last time that the World Championship was decided without either player being from Russia or the Soviet Union? and 2. When was the last time that the World Championship was contested between two players over the age of 40?

  • 6 years ago


    Here's GM Sergey Shipov's live commentary on the game - which really captured the tension!

  • 6 years ago


    I am glad Grischuks drawing to blitz didn't work this time.(He offered a draw in this game too)

    Congratz to Boris, people may think he is an underdog vs Anand, but he has proven he is a pretty good match player.

  • 6 years ago


    He who controls the center, controls the world.

  • 6 years ago



  • 6 years ago


    Will be an interesting championship match to see.  One is a jew and one is an Indian...Cool...and both are over 40's.  I think this does prove a point and maybe a fact, that 40's is not like 40's before...but like the new 30's we all look younger than older generation before and so as brain work also...:)

  • 6 years ago


    Nice Natalia.


    Congrats to Boris. At last!

  • 6 years ago



  • 6 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

  • 6 years ago


    Computer moves are based on pure logic and position, something that humans can't do because of emotions, fatigue, etc.  Plus there are moves that computers like at first and then when the reply is made they jump ship and like the other side.  Hard to criticize players for not thinking like computers. 

  • 6 years ago


    According to my sources, Anand has beaten Gelfand 16 to 7 with 43 draws. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Gelfand is being led like a lamb to the slaughter ... Anand will retain his title for another four years until Carlsen decides to grow up and come fight for the Championship ...

  • 6 years ago


    Please tell me this tie-breaker wasn't a blitz game!

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