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Boris Gelfand vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares 9th (1991), Linares ESP, rd 9, Mar-08
Zukertort Opening: Pirc Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0


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Sep-21-07  suenteus po 147: I'm surprised that no one has commented on this game, especially with today's event coming up :)

Gelfand seems to handle the closed position exceptionally well, and counters all of Anand's attempts to shift play over to the kingside. Is it possible to see such a game again between these two, or is this type of game too far in the past for either of them?

Sep-21-07  percyblakeney: <Is it possible to see such a game again between these two, or is this type of game too far in the past for either of them?>

I'd say the latter. When this game was played Gelfand was a top three player, while Anand was somewhere around 15th in the world. Even if Anand lost in this Linares game he still finished ahead of Gelfand.

Sep-21-07  suenteus po 147: <percyblakeney: Even if Anand lost in this Linares game he still finished ahead of Gelfand.> Yes, I noticed this too after checking the standings. I suppose I'm just looking for some hope to an equal match up. Anand has been a consistently better player than Gelfand for over a decade and there's no reason to think different today, despite Gelfand's surge. I guess I just wanted to generate some genuine anticipation for today's live game, but I think it's pretty clear how it will turn out.
Sep-21-07  nolanryan: Boris took this battle of Gelf- vs. An-
Here's hoping he can duplicate such a brilliancy today.
May-27-11  kudubux: Hello <suenteus po 147>!

<Is it possible to see such a game again between these two, or is this type of game too far in the past for either of them?>

Your question will finally have an answer come 2012.

I liked this game a lot. Absolute control by Gelfand here. Anand's chances for counterplay are virtually snuffed out. Moves 20 and 21 are pretty!

Sep-05-16  SpiritedReposte: Positional gem from Gelfand!
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