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Anand-Gelfand G10, a Rossolimo Sicilian, drawn after 25 moves
Thursday, May 24, 2012 15:50
The tiebreak is getting closer and closer now that the 10th match game between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand also ended in a draw. Today Anand returned to 1.e4 and went for a Rossolimo Sicilian (3.Bb5) instead of allowing another Sveshnikov. Gelfand came up with a new setup, and held equality quite easily. The handshake at the start of game 10 in...
Gelfand-Anand G9, a Nimzo-Indian, drawn after 49 moves
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 15:24
The 9th game between Boris Gelfand and Vishy Anand, the longest encounter in the match so far, ended in a draw after 49 moves. For the first time in this World Championship match a Nimzo-Indian opening came on the board. With White Gelfand got a slight edge with the bishop pair and hanging central pawns against two knights and a healthy structure...
World Championship: Anand levels the score as Gelfand blunders his queen
Monday, May 21, 2012 15:26
Due to a tactical oversight by Boris Gelfand, Vishy Anand needed only 17 moves to level the score in the World Championship match in Moscow, Russia. On Monday the World Champion played 3.f3, just like in game 3, after which the challenger went for a Benoni-like structure with 3...c5 instead of the Grünfeld. The game quickly got quite sharp, but...
Gelfand beats Anand in 7th World Championship game (VIDEO)
Sunday, May 20, 2012 17:22
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...
Why chess will never be popular
Saturday, May 19, 2012 22:02
One of the good things about the Anand-Gelfand World Championship match is that it generates a lot of debate on some essential points: what’s the proper format to determine the best player in the world; should chess always be spectacular; does computer-dominated professional chess have a future; and what’s the market value of chess anyway?...
Gelfand-Anand G6, another Chebanenko Semi-Slav, drawn after 29 moves (VIDEO)
Saturday, May 19, 2012 11:02
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...
Anand-Gelfand G5, a Sveshnikov Sicilian, drawn after 27 moves (VIDEO)
Thursday, May 17, 2012 15:31
While Evgeny Sveshnikov attended the World Championship match in Moscow for the first time, Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand played "his" opening today. For the first time in this match the World Champion played 1.e4, and the challenger chose the defence that has three names: Sveshnikov, Pelikan or Chelyabinsk. Black equalized comfortably and a draw...
Gelfand-Anand G4, another Chebanenko Slav, drawn after 34 moves
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 14:19
The fourth match game between Boris Gelfand behind the white pieces and Vishy Anand behind the black pieces was drawn after 34 moves. Again the World Champion from India defended himself with a Chebanenko Semi-Slav and again he got equality with Black quite easily. The score is 2-2 with eight more games to play. Four games, four draws in Moscow |...
Anand-Gelfand game 3, with again most of the seats in the playing hall filled
Monday, May 14, 2012 17:12
The spectators in the State Tretyakov Gallery saw an exciting game today between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand, which eventually ended in a draw again. The World Champion got some advantage with his 3.f3 against Gelfand's Grünfeld, but eventually had to settle for splitting the point in another double rook ending. The score is 1.5-1.5 with nine...
Boris Gelfand and Vishy Anand shaking hands at the opening ceremony of their 201
Sunday, May 13, 2012 20:00
What’s the best and most unique thing about chess? Of course it’s the fact that we have long lasting world championship matches. The immense tension is not restricted to one or two hours (football, tennis), or a few days at most (cricket, snooker), but lasts several weeks or even months. This is something we should praise, not condemn. Boris...

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