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Boris Gelfand vs Viswanathan Anand
"Sir Gelfand and the White Knights" (game of the day May-09-2015)
Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 7, May-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0


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  Eyal: <Dom> <What he needs now is novelties -- good and original ones, if possible.>

Yeah - especially since we've been hearing for years now, every time Anand has a disappointing tournament result, that it's because he is "hiding his preparation"... Actually, Anand's preparation/novelties turned out so far to be effective mainly in his games with Black, in neutralizing Gelfand's play - as with 14...Nf6 on game 2 and 14...0-0 on game 6. But it didn't work, of course, in game 7. In Anand's games with White, Gelfand seemed so far able to constantly surprise him.

Another approach may be to go for something which is decidedly not major and not forcing, like Kasparov did in the final game of the 1987 match -in order to "just play chess", as they say. But you have to be in the right state of mind for this. In the 2000 match against Kramnik, for example, the same(?) Kasparov seemed to become paralyzed every time he didn't manage to get a clear opening advantage with White.

May-21-12  LIFE Master AJ: I am annotating this game, my page (on this game) should be done by later today.
May-21-12  serenpidity.ejd: 17)....-<BF4> is better if not best. If 18) Bxf4 then Qxf4 harassing the kingside with a possible19)... g5. It is hard to drive the black queen on f4 with 19) g3 because it will weaken the white squares.
May-21-12  frogbert: <In Anand's games with White, Gelfand seemed so far able to constantly surprise him.>

and he did so today (game 8) too, i think - but apparently to anand's advantage eventually.

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  kevin86: It looks like black can queen and white can mate!
May-21-12  lost in space: <DomD>, it is comparable with football: As long we have 0:0 a kind of Catenaccio is played (like the Blues celebrated it this week);

This changes only if the Carnaccio-playing team (player) gets a goal (1:0 in the 83rd minute or so). After wards he/the team is starting to PLAY and not only destroys the play.

We have now the 1:1 in the 88. minute and well see the Catanaccio again. And this because the match is limited to 12 games and Anand keeps his title in case the match ends 6:6

May-23-12  Troller: "Sir Gelfand and the White Knights"
May-25-12  Chess Network: I've created a YouTube video of this game.

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  wordfunph: "...but still I cannot remember such a black day like after game 7, I couldn't sleep. That day I really thought I'd blown the match. Because the tendency was also getting tough I mean I was still going to give it my best shot."

- Vishy Anand

reminds me of my tournament lost games --- my sleepless nights! that's chess..

May-31-12  Reisswolf: Even on "general principles" alone, why wouldn't Black have played 37...exf2, also threatening to queen, but at least on a square that cannot be protected by one of the knights? (Yes, I know that the threat of mate renders the question moot.)
Jun-01-12  abslinux: What about this guys??
38. Nxe6 Rh1+
39. Kxh1 e1
This will bring black queen back in the game.
Also black can kill knight in e5 using new queen and then there will be no threat to black king. What u say???
Jun-01-12  Winsome Knight: <What about this guys??
38. Nxe6 Rh1+
39. Kxh1 e1
This will bring black queen back in the game.
Also black can kill knight in e5 using new queen and then there will be no threat to black king. What u say???>

Mate is inevitable.

If 38...♖h1+
39. ♔xh1 e1♕+
40. ♔h2

Now what? e5 knight is protected by d4 pawn. Black can't avoid mate now.

There follows: 40...♘xd4 41.♘g6+ ♔g8 42. ♖g7# If 40...♔g8 41.♖g7+ ♔h8 42.♘g6#

Jun-27-12  LIFE Master AJ:

My analysis of Gelfand's only win in this match ...

Jun-29-12  Dr. Pipit Wagtail: Dr. Pipit Wagtail: <Albertan > <Analysis of this game (which was done by GM Gilberto Milos) can be played through and downloaded...>

Hi Albertan - today I read your May 20th message regarding the link to the Chess base site with GM Milos' analysis and play through of this game and wish to thank you. It's great. As your post was a few weeks ago, I'll post the link again so others who are interested won't miss it. Thanks, Albertan, much appreciated.

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  Eyal: Anand's comment on this game from a recent lecture: <I lost not because he posed me huge problems that I was unable to solve. It's just that after almost ten days of not having had any problems to solve, even after the smallest problem I was not able to adjust to the new frame of mind where you sit down and in a disciplined way you simply deal with it.> (
May-16-14  epicchess: This is a deadly opening, check out this game: M G Isakov vs Srinivasan Ramanujam, 2014
May-16-14  SpiritedReposte: Love it when you can let your opponent queen, yet they are still getting mated.
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  MissScarlett: <In this round seven report we see the moment Anand resigns the game and the hug-and-hop jubilation of Gelfand fans in the press centre.>

Feb-09-15  john barleycorn: < the hug-and-hop jubilation of Gelfand fans in the press centre.>

That were his parents.

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  piltdown man: Fantastic pun!
May-09-15  morfishine: After this game I remember thinking "All right, now we got a match!" Then Gelfand tossed out that lemon in Game 8 :(


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  Penguincw: Looks that the final position may be inverted (is black on the bottom, or top, I can't tell, most of black's pieces are in white's territory, and most of white's pieces are in black's territory).

Also, if 38...e1=Q 39.Ng6+ Kg8, then note the position that would arise after that:

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Has anyone actually seen a position in-game, where it's "the side to move can deliver checkmate on the very next move"?

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  kevin86: Black can queen and threaten mate, but white's knight and rooks can DELIVER mate.
May-10-15  RandomVisitor: After 15.0-0

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.05] d=27 15...Bf4> 16.Rb1 Nbd7 17.Na4 a5 18.Qe2 Rc8 19.Ne5 Qc7 20.Bxf6 Nxf6 21.Nc5 Bc6 22.Ba6 Rb8 23.Ncd3 Bxe5 24.Nxe5 Nd7 25.Nf3 Bb7 26.Bb5 Rfc8 27.h3 Bc6

Dec-04-15  paavoh: << the hug-and-hop jubilation of Gelfand fans in the press centre.>

That were his parents.>

Actually, they were his mother, wife, and former trainers. His dad had passed away before the match.

I just saw an Israeli document on Gelfand about the match. Not much chess content, but the nervous tension and the ties within the team and with relatives were palpable. Nice end of the film with so many people crowding the airport to welcome him home.

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