May 20, 2012 17:22

Gelfand beats Anand in 7th World Championship game (VIDEO)

Gelfand beats Anand in 7th World Championship game (VIDEO)

Boris Gelfand took the lead in the World Championship match in Moscow, Russia on Sunday by beating Viswanathan Anand in 38 moves. Again a Chebanenko Semi-Slav came on the board and in his 4th white game, the challenger was again the first to deviate, going for 6.c5 instead of 6.b3 (games 2 and 4) or 6.Qc2 (game 6). Black kept struggling with a bad light-squared bishop throughout the game, and at move 38 Anand resigned. It was the first time since 1993 that Gelfand won a classical game against Anand.

As Anand resigns, Gelfand wins first match game | Photo by Alexey Yushenkov

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
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Anand and Gelfand shake hands at the start of the first game that wouldn't end in a draw

Even members of the Anand team showed signs of relief on Sunday afternoon as the "draw ban" had been broken, despite the fact that it was their man who had lost. These members, as well as all other Anand fans, might want to remember 1995, when it was Garry Kasparov who lost the first game after eight draws, but won that World Championship match convincingly anyway (against... Anand).

On this Sunday we got to see Boris Gelfand at his best: from the opening he got a slight, strategic advantage which he never really let go of. At the same time we didn't get to see Vishy Anand at his best: from a slightly passive position, this time he didn't defend accurately, as he had done in his previous black games. "I started to drift a little bit after the opening," he admitted afterwards.

Anand didn't hide his disappointment at the press conference

The World Champ gave his opponent too much time to build up, and after another inaccuracy, suddenly there was no way back. White exchanged all of Black's active pieces (including the queens), and focused on that one problem Black couldn't solve from the start: his light-squared bishop. Ironically, it was this bishop that was eventually trapped, and with accurate play Gelfand decided the game on move 38.

Boris Gelfand grabs the lead, and needs 2.5 points out of 5 games to become World Champion

At the press conference, Gelfand avoided speaking about emotions, and instead preferred to describe the game in his usual, objective way. Anand limited himself to short, sometimes one-word answers, underlining deep disappointment on his side.

After Anand's loss today and Nakamura's win in Saint Louis yesterday, the top 10 of the live ratings looks as follows:

  1. Carlsen (2835.0)
  2. Aronian (2823.2)
  3. Kramnik (2802.8)
  4. Radjabov (2784.0)
  5. Nakamura (2782.6)
  6. Anand (2779.7)
  7. Karjakin (2779.0)
  8. Caruana (2772.0)
  9. Morozevich (2769.0)
  10. Ivanchuk (2767.4)

The importance of (live) ratings shouldn't be overrated of course, but still it is hard to believe that Vishy Anand, one of the strongest players that ever lived, is now out of the world's top 5...

The score is 4.0-3.0 for Gelfand. On Monday game 8 will be played, of a total of 12 games. Venue is the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia. The winner will receive US $1.5 million, while the loser will earn US $1 million.

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Peter Doggers's picture
Author: Peter Doggers


Creemer's picture

Great. The struggle turned into a fight.

Sligunner's picture

Struggle? You're kidding me, right. Up until this game I've seen more fighting spirit in a kindergarten.

Michael Lubin's picture

Given what some kindergartens are like, I'm not sure that's much of a putdown.

Taiman's picture

Horrid play by Anand. Gelfand's opening prep was very good, but he was more the benficiary of Anand's total collaps,e and at turns Boris himself was far from exact. It is not half points versus full points that are the issue in this match, but lackluster play markedly below the best available today. This games showed it.

rajeshv's picture

Congratulations, Boris on a well deserved win!

gelfy's picture
iLane's picture

I have never seen Anand so unfriendly and annoyed as at this press conference. He is seriously pissed off. Tomorrow will be a massacre...

Webbimio's picture

Where did you find the press conference?

Michael's picture
Anonymous's picture


chess-fan's picture

That is his true nature. So far, he was pretending because he won the previous matches=

TomTom's picture


Sligunner's picture

Anand won't win a single game. He's busted. As Bobby Fischer might have written of 21...Ne4 is Gsme Seven: "A lemon'. I don't think I've ever seen a world champion play such insipid chess.

Pal G.'s picture

I had to come back and kiss the ring. You were right on both accounts. After reading your post I went and watched the video and have never seen Anand that annoyed. And today.. Anand wins. Nice.

Pal G.'s picture

My reply above was to iLane's original post.

manish's picture

I expect a retirement announcement soon from Anand

tjallen's picture

Most chess world champions do not retire when they lose. Not counting Fischer's descent into madness, only Kasparov quit when he could not play at the WC level anymore. The rest of the WCs played on and on and on, into their 60s, 70s and more, as their rating painfully dropped away. They love chess more than some fake idea of pride.

chess-fan's picture

Fisher was not mad, he was a genius. But its almost the same.

Casaubon's picture

"only Kasparov quit when he could not play at the WC level anymore"

That's an odd statement seeing as Kasparov was still clearly the best player in the world when he quit.

Anonymous's picture

Sorry, but he was not the best player in the world when he quit.

Anonymous's picture

What are you talking about? He was not only highest rated but he announced his retirement immediately after finishing 1st in a tournament.

darkergreen's picture

After taking the crown from Karpov, especially after mid-90s no-body was close to Kasparov's level!

Sligunner's picture

Are you crazy? He'd just won Linares and was still the world's highest rated player. Just because he couldn't crack the Berlin . . .

Anonymous's picture

No, I'm not crazy. Kasparov knew that Anand, Kramnik, Topalov and probably Gelfand (oh, congrat's Gelfy on your win yesterday) had his number. They all had equal access to the data bases and chess programs of the day. Dirty Garry was dead meat. He knew it and so he quit.

redivivo's picture
Casaubon's picture

Nonsense. They had all had equal access to the databases and chess programs of the day for the previous decade too, yet still none of them came close to him. You're letting your dislike of Kasparov the person color your view of history.

Thomas's picture

Did Gelfand "suddenly" do everything right in terms of match strategy: always going for += positions with white and testing Anand in various sublines of this Chebanenko semi-Slav?
A rhetoric question, the answer will be known when the match is over.

An interesting moment was Gelfand's 16th move: engines and (independently or not) Naiditsch on Chessbomb wanted to play 16.Bxf6 - Naiditsch predicted another short draw after Gelfand's 16.Bg3. But Leko on the official site considered Bxf6 a bad choice (leading to a dream position for black - maybe Leko has a deeper understanding, particularly, of that type of positions?

cip's picture

Leko, deprived of deep computer assistance, was forced to think like a GM. You know, use his strategical insight, feelings, intuition. He's one of the best strategical players as well.

Naiditsch is more AI-dependent. Unfortunately, the AI is not all that strong in early complex positions, unless you allow it to run for very long times.

16th move was a wonderful example of the difference between what a computer predicts and what is relevant for human-human play.

Thomas's picture

Two things may also play a role:
1) Naiditsch wrote what people want to read - after all these draws it makes "sense" to predict yet another one.
2) It's a matter of personal style: Naiditsch himself isn't particularly known for converting small advantages (though he can do it in case of opportunity and need), while such an approach is vintage Leko.

I do not blame Naiditsch for being wrong (which we do not even know for sure), but I do criticize him for categoric statements supposedly (that's of course my impression) aimed at pleasing the crowd.

S3's picture

I am of the same opinion; Naiditsch is just saying what people want to hear. And these Karpovian positions are just hard to evaluate (and value!) for most people. After Bg3 there was still plenty of play left.

RealityCheck's picture

Leko was an absolutely fabulous commentator. I was lucky enough to watch almost all of it.

darkergreen's picture

Totally agreed! I enjoyed the lines he showed, strategical details he explained! Plus he shared his own experiences with these guys. Also it was funny to hear him talking about his draws:) But Karpov stayed so short amount of time with them!!

Anonymous's picture

Exactly! Also his english is superb. And he worked extremely well with the dutchman, Dirk Jan. A great team.
I didn't expect much from Karpov. He's outta touch.

S3's picture

Leko was excellent in both analysis and presentation. Karpov analysis was great too. The game of today suited them both.

Niima's picture

Agreed. Leko's commentary was fantastic. I felt it was quite special to hear Karpov as well. His talent and understanding shone throughout his brief commentary. A great combination to hear them both.

Sam's picture

Could not agree more!! What a fantastic commentary; and such a contrast w clueless ones like Timman earlier! Cant wait to see him back tomorrow

Elz's picture

I enjoyed every minute of today's commentary. Leko gives some really nice insight into the positions. And today's game also helped him because there were interesting things to talk about

Someitsi's picture

I tottaly agree, Leko's insights were sublime! Despite the usual huge art breaks.

manish's picture

I expect Anand to lose this match with a -2 score.

Nts's picture

Anand may play sharp, double edge games with both colors. The current strategy does not work.

Nts's picture

double edged

JM's picture

And after some punches the crowd is rewarded with some blood! They were thirsty like vampires!...

Abbas's picture

Gelfand won!! That is a shocking news to Gelfand himself. I don't thing he will bear such a result. I expect in the next few matches he will lose himself.

But I must say well done Gelfand, it is very obvious that you worked very hard and I'm really wishing you all the best.

Mike's picture

To insist as black on an opening line on a computerized assisted classical match is suicide...or lack of confidence in his human strength or actual form...

sab's picture


Mike's picture

I'm sorry you cannot understand what my words imply...Do you like play chess..?

Anonymous's picture

You said: 'To insist as black on an opening line on a computerized assisted classical match is suicide...or lack of confidence in his human strength or actual form...'

All these GMs have computer assistance, that's why your comment did not make sense for me.

Martin's picture

Well, he does have a point. He insists on the same like in all his black games. That gives the Gelfand team time to improve preparation.

Abbas's picture

Gelfand won!! That is a shocking news to Gelfand himself. I don't thing he will bear such a result. I expect in the next few matches he will lose himself.

But I must say well done Gelfand, it is very obvious that you worked very hard and I'm really wishing you all the best.

Abbas's picture

how to delete my comment?


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