Anand Lives Dangerously In Game 9

Anand Lives Dangerously In Game 9

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Game 9 of the 2012 World Chess Championship was the longest of the match so far, and Boris Gelfand was better for the majority of the game.

The challenger stuck to 1.d4 and this time the champion switched to the Nimzo-Indian defence. No Slav today!

Gelfand achieved a comfortable edge, and it looked like a third decisive game might result.

Then Anand tempted Gelfand into playing 19. c5 which let Gelfand win the queen in exchange for a rook, knight and pawn, but the resulting endgame was not so easy to convert to a win.

Once Anand successfully constructed a fortress a frustrated Gelfand had to settle for a draw in a very hard-fought struggle!


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 . . .
Boris Gelfand ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ . . .


.Boris Gelfand contemplates playing 19.c5

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 9 Boris Gelfand.jpg


Vishy Anand building a fortress

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 9 Vishy Anand.jpg


Peter Svidler demonstrating black's impregnable fortress after Ng8

WCC Anand v Gelfand game 9 Peter Svidler.jpg


Game 9 was arguably a moral victory for Gelfand, but moral victories don't win the world title.  With just 3 games remaining, Anand has two whites left and probably the better chances of landing a killer blow.

Game 10 is tomorrow (24 May) when Anand will have the white pieces.



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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