Reports | March 28, 2011 20:29

Anand wins rapid match with Kasimdzhanov 3.5-0.5

Anand wins rapid match with Kasimdzhanov 3.5-0.5In a friendly, 4-game rapid match held on Sunday, March 27 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Vishy Anand beat Rustam Kasimdzhanov 3.5-0.5. The first game ended in a draw and then the World Champion won the three remaining games.

The match between the reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand and his second and former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It was organized by the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan and the "Forum" Foundation, and held directly after the traditional Georgi Agzamov memorial. The match consisted of four games with the time control of 25 minutes plus 10 seconds increment.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Uzbekistan's number one player, won the knockout FIDE World Championship in 2004 and held the title until 2005. Later he joined Anand's team to help the World Champion defend his crown, won in Mexico in 2007, in matches against Kramnik in Bonn, 2008, and against Topalov in Sofia, 2010.

Although Anand has been known for decades for his speedy chess, Kasimdzhanov is not a bad rapid player himself. His 2004 title was partly based on excellent play in rapid tiebreaks while most recently, Kasimdzhanov won the Rapid Championship of the 16th Asian Games, held in November in Guangzhou, China.

Rapid Match Tashkent
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 Total Perf
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2817 ½ 1 1 1 3023
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2687 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 2495

The first game was drawn in a Petroff where Kasimdzhanov might have had a slight advantage in the final position. Then, the Uzbek grandmaster played an excellent game and reached a winning ending in the second game. However, instead of winning the game with a few accurate moves, Kasim lost an important pawn on e5 and then also the game.

In the third game Anand won quickly in another Petroff and this might well have been a known line sitting somewhere in the World Champ's laptop. In the last game Anand got a tiny edge right out of the opening but Kasimdzhanov should have been able to draw it somewhere. Some back rank tactics combined with a knight on the rim became fatal.

Below you'll find all four games with some light annotations.

Game viewer by ChessTempo


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JustMe's picture

Gata Kamsky is the rapid king :)

RealityCheck's picture

Anand scores a 3000+ performance rating. Anand is still the Rapid King.

e4e5's picture

That`s a nice reply to my comment. Thank you.

Meppie's picture

The photo's of the players were taken after the match? :)

e4e5's picture

It looks like Rustam played well.
But as it`s been known, to play well is never enough to beat Anand.

I hope there would be many upcoming rapid and classic events. (We`re all sorry for Amber and other tournaments.)
But still i want to ask: Why did Anand and his second Kasimdzhanov played a rapid match? Only for entertainment?
I thought clash of strong GMs and their seconds. Will that be much interesting? Nobody shares his ideas and just have fun.
I do not know, anyway and nice games as well.

Septimus's picture

Rapid games are touch and go. Anything can happen. Was there a simul after this?

test's picture

Yes, and apparently Anand lost twice:


"World chess champion Indian grand master Viswanathan Anand was defeated by two juniors during a multi-board chess play in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

The play was on 20 chessboards and resulted with 15-5 to Anand. Two juniors, Hulkar Tokhirzhanova and Temur Igonin, defeated the champion and 6 tied the score."

NT's picture

The match was to support Chess Federation of Uzbekistan in the efforts to further promote chess in Uzbekistan. Why would Anand not do this much for Rustam and/or any of Anand's team and for the federations they belong to?
As regards the point "Will that be much interesting? Nobody shares his ideas and just have fun", the match was indeed interesting with its share of novelties.

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