|Gelfand(W) and Anand (B) play on stage in front of large glass windows.|
World Championship Games
- Anand 1/2 Gelfand -- Gruenfeld (24) - opening surprise leads to small edge
- Gelfand 1/2 Anand -- Semi-Slav, Meran (25)
- Anand 1/2 Gelfand -- Neo-Gruenfeld (37) - White has chances with passer
- Gelfand 1/2 Anand -- Semi-Slav, Meran (34)
- Anand 1/2 Gelfand -- Sicilian, Pelikan (27)
- Gelfand 1/2 Anand -- Semi-Slav, Meran (29)
- Gelfand 1-0 Anand -- Semi-Slav, Meran (38) - beautiful positional squeeze
- Anand 1-0 Gelfand -- King's Indian (17) - Black missed 17.Qf2, trapping Q
- Gelfand 1/2 Anand -- Nimzo Indian, Gligoric (49) -- fortress with R+N for Q
- Anand 1/2 Gelfand -- Sicilian, 3.Bb5 (25)
- Gelfand 1/2 Anand -- Nimzo Indian, Gligoric (24)
- Anand 1/2 Gelfand -- Sicilian, 3.Bb5 (22)
|Regardless of the result, both players attend daily press conferences.|
After six draws in a row at the start, White did indeed win two games. First, Gelfand took advantage of several inaccuracies by Anand to win an instructive positional squeeze. Just 24 hours later, Anand scored on a terrible mistake by Gelfand, who resigned after 17 moves because the Black Queen got trapped by the unexpected move Qf2. Alas, the match was tied once again! Game on!
|Garry Kasparov, always blunt in his opinions.|
The 43-year old Challenger is even older and lower rated. When was the last time that the #20 player in the World came this close to being the Champion? In his defense, Gelfand did eliminate an impressive lineup of 2700+ Grandmasters en route to the final: Sergey Karjakin, Ruslan Ponomariov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Gata Kamsky and Alexander Grischuk. However, top rated Magnus Carlsen and other elite players decided to withdraw from the Candidates Matches due to frequent changes in schedule and conditions imposed by the World Chess Federation FIDE.
While it cannot be the fault of Anand or Gelfand that they square off for the World Championship, would not a match between #1 Carlsen and #2 Levon Aronian be more exciting? Methinks yes!
1984 match because the players were allegedly too tired to continue! Youth finally prevailed, when Kasparov won the 1985 rematch in 24 games.
The World Championship matches have shrunk ever since. Kramnik vs Kasparov (2000) and Kramnik vs Topalov (Toilet Gate in 2006) were only 16 games each. Anand vs Kramnik (2008) went 12 games. As the matches become shorter, the role of tiebreaks keeps growing. Check out the battery of rapid and blitz games set for Wednesday, if nobody wins in the last two rounds.
Tiebreaks if match ends 6-6
(Wednesday starting at 1:00am PDT)
- 4 games of rapid G/25 + 10 second increment
- If still tied, 2 games of blitz G/5 + 10 second increment
- If still tied, repeat blitz up to four more times (10 games total)
- If still tied, play one Armageddon game: White gets 5 minutes, Black gets 4 minutes + draw odds (3 second increment begins at move 61)