Anand-Gelfand in CVO & CVT: learn from the world title match
Both of our magazines ChessVibes Openings and ChessVibes Training focus on recent games, and so obviously the Anand-Gelfand match was given a lot of attention in the past few weeks. Here's a small overview of the World Championship match as seen by our editors.
Issue 176 discussed the first four games of Anand-Gelfand. Gelfand surprised the world by choosing the Grünfeld as his main weapon, and IMs Merijn van Delft and Robert Ris look at both Anand's Bb5 line in the first game and his 3.f3 in the third. They also discuss Anand's main weapon: the Semi-Slav/Chebanenko. Interestingly, the editors finish with "For how many more games will this hybrid system serve Anand well?"
In issue 177, the Game of the Week is the 7th match game, won by Gelfand. Here the Israeli employed the more ambitious 6.c5, and after this game Anand would swith to the Nimzo-Indian. Gelfand's 6.b3, which he played in game 5, is discusses as a trend on page 3. Game 8 of the match is discussed as well, which started with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 c5 and was won by Anand in just 17 moves.
A week later, #178 discusses the last three classical games. The 12th match game (a Rossolimo in which Gelfand found that important move 10...c4 over the board) is Game of the Week. On page 3, the interesting sideline 8...Bd7 in the Nimzo-Indian which Anand adopted in game 11 is treated.
The editors return to the Rossolimo one more time in number 179, published just two days ago. The second rapid game Anand-Gelfand, which decided the whole match, just had to be the Game of the Week! The four trend diagrams on page 3 are all connected to the match. The first is about the Semi-Slav, Anti-Meran (played by Anand in the first rapid game), the second deals with the Slow Slav (4.e3, played by Gelfand in the third rapid game), the third is about the 3.Bb5+ Nd7 Sicilian (the last tiebreaker Anand-Gelfand) and the fourth focuses one more time on the 3.f3 Grünfeld, because the game Feller-Salgado Lopez already improved upon Anand-Gelfand, game 3!
Issue 57 of CVT has a lot of Anand-Gelfand too. In his weekly column, GM Anish Giri discusses the third match game, in which Anand missed a good chance to beat Gelfand. Giri looks at how big that chance was exactly. In his endgame column, IM Robert Ris looks at the fortress Anand had with rook and knight against Gelfand's queen. Was it really a fortress? In issue 58, which will be published on Saturday, June 9th Ris explains all the mysteries of the rook ending in the 3rd tiebreak game.
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