Reports | May 19, 2012 11:02

Gelfand-Anand G6, another Chebanenko Semi-Slav, drawn after 29 moves (VIDEO with Kasparov)

Gelfand-Anand G6, another Chebanenko Semi-Slav, drawn after 29 moves (VIDEO)

Game 6 in the World Championship match between Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw as well. Anand repeated his Chebanenko Semi-Slav and Gelfand tried something different on move 6. He won a pawn, but didn't see a way to finish his development without giving it back quickly. After a few accurate moves by Anand a drawn rook ending came on the board.

Saturday is a rest day. The score is 3-3 at half time; six more games are scheduled in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Event World Championship MatchPGN via TWIC
Dates May 11th-30th, 2012
Location Moscow, Russia
System Match

Viswanathan Anand & Boris Gelfand

Rate of play 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to finish the game with 30 seconds increment from move 61
Prize fund 2.55 million US $ (60% for the winner)
More information Read all info here
Videos ChessVibes on YouTube

The trend hasn't changed yet, and the draws just keep coming! Also in the 6th match game we didn't see fireworks, but two well prepared gentlemen playing moves on a high level and Black (Anand) putting up another good defence to hold the balance. Whether you like it or not, this is the chess that's being played between Gelfand and Anand, two players who continue to be very cautious. The nightmare scenario of twelve draws followed by a tiebreak is getting more realistic by the day...

Again a Chebanenko/Semi-Slav came on the board, and Gelfand deviated from his first two white games, by switching to 6.Qc2 instead of 6.b3. Anand sacrificed a pawn, which was most probably still part of his preparation, and then Gelfand quickly returned the favour.

I calculated some lines but I didn't see a way to bring out my pieces [and keep the pawn].

The 6th day in Moscow, however, was dominated by the presence of Garry Kasparov. It's quite telling to see that, seven years after his retirement, the 13th World Champion still attracts more attention from spectators and journalists than Anand and Gelfand. Just after the game started, Kasparov gave a 50-minute press conference and more media were present than ever before.

He started by repeating what he had said before the match: that for the first time in a long period, the World Championship match had nothing to do with a fight for the title of best player in the world. Confronted with this statement, Anand said he "didn't have time" to deal with these things. Gelfand felt that Kasparov merely wanted to remind people how good he was. You can see all this in the video below.

After the press conference, Kasparov joined the commentary team to share his thoughts on the official website. He was especially critical – or rather disappointed – of Anand.

It is not the number of tournament wins — I can't remember when Vishy last won a tournament — but the sparkle in his eyes. Even in 2010 in some games you could see the spark of genius but in most games he was struggling.

Then, Kasparov gave a simul to about twenty talented kids, very talented in fact. They had actually qualified for the simul by winning different youth events. Normally Kasparov doesn't play opponents rated above about 2000 Elo, but it was clear that several kids were actually stronger than that, and Garry Kimovich was clearly struggling.

Saturday is a rest day; on Sunday Gelfand will have White again because the colors are reversed at half-time.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Zeblakob's picture

Everything is as expected.

stoyanof's picture

Except the press conference of Kasparov of course see the video he says the things straight

RealityCheck's picture

During the interview did GM Kasparov (who is too quick to criticize, so slow to compliment) mention DRAWng his first EIGHT GAMES and losing the the 9th to Wch Anand in the1995 WCC?

Al Hughes's picture

Good memory and I was surprised no-one else had brought that up yet. Of course that WCC was massively helped by top chess pundit Peter Snow repeatedly asking everyone he could find, 'is this boring?...another draw, this must be boring, no?....draw again, is this BORING, BORING, BORING yet?'.

archimedes's picture

A draw and fighting brilliant chess are not mutually exclusive.

Anonymous's picture

Thanks so much for the link to the GK interview video. It was very interesting.

Taiman's picture

Right. It sucks ... a fiitting conclusion to a dreadfully conceived candidate cycle that resulted in the same type of pathetic disgust. In practical terms, this is a match between someone near bottom of the top ten against someone near the bottom of the top 20. Anand, sadly, is well past his brilliant peak. Anyone who disputes that Carlsen and Aronian would be scoring some full points against either of these contenders is in a strenuous state of denial of the obvious. Kramnic too is in better form than Anand, is far more talented than Gelfand and, in general, Vlad is playing more imaginatively these days than either of these contenders.

mdamien's picture

I am a big fan of Carslen and Aronian, but there's no reason to expect that they'd do any better in this match. For one thing, they have little match experience. Higher ratings reflect that they're better at beating weaker players in tournaments, but a match is a different story -- and for that matter, it's a better story. In terms of a "strenuous state of denial," we are in very recent history where Aronian drew Kramnik in a very short, carefree match, and Kramnik lost a relatively short, for-the-marbles match against Anand.

archimedes's picture

"Higher ratings reflect that they're better at beating weaker players in tournaments.."

Not at all. Carlsen and Aronion both have stellar records against the very best in the world.

archimedes's picture

"Higher ratings reflect that they're better at beating weaker players in tournaments.."

Not at all. Carlsen and Aronion both have stellar records against the very best in the world.

Anonymous's picture

I suggest to stop the match here, give both players $ 1000 and flip a coin to decide the winner. Then we ask Carlsen and Aronian to play a 6 game match with the rest of the prize money at stake.

Zeblakob's picture

Not a bad idea ... I have to think ...

Thomas's picture

To avoid such a scenario, we could ask Gelfand and Anand to exchange blunders in the next two games: some people are sooo desperate for decisive results.

visy's picture

what is the rapid games format if all the classical matches are draw?

catfish's picture

Neither one of them has earned the right to play for the championship!

What's Next?'s picture

You have not earned the right to speak rubbish, as you do now...

Chris's picture

What is the probability that 7th game will be a draw when 6 previous games were draws. :)

dmitry's picture

In a recent interview Kramnik jockingly said that the only way he could beat Anand in their 2009 match, being as out-prepared as he was , was maybe drawing all games to the 10th, the game he won. Gelfand saw that and thought "Bingo! Thank you Volodya!" , threw a party in celebration to finding Anand's fatal weakness and came to this match armed with draws! :PP

Aidin's picture

I was following the game via official website along with houdini's analysis. Amazing is that both players play exact lines as houdini predicts at 20-25 depthes ! How can they do that ?!

mdamien's picture

It must be because they are not as strong as Carlsen and Aronian.

I'm kidding, of course.

redivivo's picture

Because the game followed home preparation and was a dead draw before the 20th move, Anand would have used more than ten minutes by then if he wasn't just following a prepared line, while Gelfand is happy to get a risk free position that gets him closer to a tiebreak.

Fireblade's picture

The match has been fixed and the players are just playing out moves that have been agreed upon the night before !

What's Next?'s picture

Because they are both - surprise - strong players.

Anonymous's picture

Because top grandmasters can easily memorize opening lines to that depth.

Zeblakob's picture

Something is wrong with chess, and I can not tell you what is it (for the moment).

Anonymous's picture

@zeblakov But, I can tell you what's wrong with chess. its people like you who follow it and litter decent blogs like this with your rubbish.
Chess would be better off with out you, w/out the likes of you. :-)

Zeblakob's picture

I recommend that you use your brain ...

Anonymous's picture

The top players play not to lose with black, a problem when most opennings have been analyzed deep into the middlegame.

Celso's picture

Tomorrow is a rest day. They must be very tired indeed!

Harish Srinivasan's picture

Levon Aronian's tweet was interesting and very apt, "World Championship matches should be taken as a single game of chess.First you develop, then you try to find a weak spot, then you attack."

mdamien's picture

Nice quote. In such a short match it also will probably hold true that a single "mistake" will cost you the "game."

PurpleCalx's picture

Who would win in a match between Gata Kamsky and Boris Gelfand?

Anonymous's picture

Kamsky is more imaginative but if Gelfand wants to draw ...

redivivo's picture

It couldn't get more dull than this, what a relief that there's Tal Memorial to look forward to.

tijsijs's picture

Yesterday I played some great games in the local pub.
Mediocre people do exceptional things all the time.

Synrise's picture

I didn't really care that much or look forward to this match and now I know why...

Thomas's picture

If you don't care, why do you (maybe) read the report and post a comment? In general, people complain about a boring match but each game thread gets 50+ comments. How many would we have if the games were crowd-pleasing and decisive? Quite possibly less, there would be no recurrent "Sofia rules needed", "We want Carlsen and Aronian" and "The US Championship is far more exciting" ... .
Empirical evidence: Game 3, the most interesting one so far, got the lowest number of comments.

Bronkenstein's picture

Good observation , Thomas. Obviously , the temptation to whine is too strong , if only they could vary that old tune a bit. Extremely repetitive stuff.

Taiman's picture

Another piece of blowhard analysis from this self professed mastermind....must have had a hemorage thinking this one up...about as backwards as everything else he spouts.

Taiman's picture

Another piece of blowhard analysis from this self professed mastermind....must have had a hemorage thinking this one up...about as backwards as everything else he spouts.

Harish Srinivasan's picture

It seems to me that the 4.e3 line or for the matter 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 might go completely out of fashion due to this hybrid semi-slav-chebanenko variation. Gelfand might just be forced to get his Bc1 out to g5 and attempt the Moscow, Botvinnik or the Anti-Moscow lines. We might just see that on Sunday, unless Gelfands want to completely abandon 1.d4.

S3's picture

He could try 6.c5 but I see no reason for him to change the opening at this point.

Matt's picture

W-ch matches have to be longer, otherwise there's the risk of players 'not taking any risks' as in this match. 12 games is too short.
FIDE shouldn't have fixed what wasn't broken

mdamien's picture

I think you've pinpointed the problem.

Septimus's picture

I agree. A minimum of 18 games is necessary. 24 would be ideal.

visy's picture

i think they both are playing accuratley. like two computers playing..

Sligunner's picture

Someone, please, step in and stop this match right now. It's a yawnfest that's going to destroy the reputations of these two players forever. Anand will be viewed as the worst word champion ever for this insipid stuff. Gelfand? He's a journeyman, nothing more.

Zarathoustra's picture

To beat Anand, Gelfand should inspire himself with this link:

Mister Doggers, as you are on scene, could you please ask the players if they are embarrassed towards spectators with their play so far?

JM's picture

Superb game by Morozevich!!!

Mike's picture

In case of a match draw after G12, the WC should maintain his title, and not to play some more rapid matches. Then the challenger would be forced to play for win and take more risks, instead of presenting at the board just the result of his computer home prep.


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