Tie-breaks Needed In Kazan Semis

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/15/11, 11:27 AM.

Two more draws in the last semi-final games in Kazan ensured that both matches will go to tie-breaks on Monday.

Kamsky improved on his opening play in game two, and soon equalised out of the Grunfeld leading to an early draw offer from Gelfand which he accepted.

The entertainment value for the day was saved by the other game between Kramnik and Grischuk. Kramnik gained the upper hand in another English opening, and took big risks in Grischuk's habitual time-trouble to complicate the position.

Grischuk's nerves and luck held again, as he survived to the time control and Kramnik had nothing better than a perpetual check.  Will Grischuk eliminate Kramnik in the tie-breaks as he did with Aronian?

Kramnik pushed Grischuk to the brink...



...but Grischuk survived...



...despite having only 14 seconds left for his last 3 moves!




You didn't have to be a body language expert to decipher Gelfand's feelings!



Tie-breaks await all the players tomorrow




The tie-break format is the same as for the quarter-finals. There will be four games at a rate of 25 minutes plus a 10 second increment. If scores are still level then there will be up to 5 pairs of blitz games at a rate of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment. If the scores are still level then there will be a sudden-death game (5 mins v 4 mins, with a 3 second increment after move 60).

The tie-breaks will start tomorrow at the usual time of 3pm in Kazan (11:00 UTC, 07:00 Eastern) and Chess.com will be covering it live on Chess.com TV with GM Melik Khachiyan and Jason "The Poet" Stoneking. Starting times for the coverage will be announced in the Official Chess.com/TV Group.

As usual, live video of the playing hall, and replays of all the previous days can be found here.


Pictures taken from the live coverage at the official website.

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  • 5 years ago


    Sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, all had at least one great player and usually more. I think at our times the level in world championship chess is low.

  • 5 years ago


    I think Anand is laughing right now .. Those candidate matches needed Carlsen , Ivanchuck , and Shirov ! .

  • 5 years ago


    I think Anand will retain his title until maybe the end of the next cycle.

  • 5 years ago


    This is ridiculous. Not counting the blitz tie breakers, there have been TWO decisive games in 2 rounds of play, that's 22 out of 24 games ending in draws. What the heck??

    "And if the Candidates matches are decided by tiebreaks, and not by domination in the classic games, then the winner will not stand a chance against Anand anyway." that's probably a good point, Phobetor

  • 5 years ago


    Ivanchuk has given away quite a few early draws. Which is hardly surprising though, when you'r such an emotional player as Ivanchuk, and play as much as he does, it's hard to keep the mood up in every single game.

  • 5 years ago


    Pretty lame. If Carlsen or Ivanchuk were in the semi-finals there would not have been 8 draws.

    And if the Candidates matches are decided by tiebreaks, and not by domination in the classic games, then the winner will not stand a chance against Anand anyway.

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