<Just in case: Anand vs Kamsky in 2009
22.07.2008 – This year Anand defends his title against Vladimir Kramnik, while Gata Kamsky plays a special Challenger's Match against Veselin Topalov. So it is conceivable that we will see an Anand-Kamsky world championship match in 2009. In his Wednesday night Playchess lecture Dennis Monokroussos looks with feverish anticipation at this possibility. Tune in and enjoy.
Dennis Monokroussos writes:
With world champion Viswanathan Anand set to defend his title against Vladimir Kramnik, and Gata Kamsky to do battle with Veselin Topalov for the right to play for the title next year, it's conceivable that 2009 will see an Anand-Kamsky championship match. If so, it will be their third tilt, with their two previous contests taking place in candidates matches in the mid-1990s.
Meanwhile, they met again in a 12-game match, the final of the PCA Candidates, and here too they were tied after eight games. While Anand had generally enjoyed the better positions in their games, Kamsky had shown himself the better pressure player – up to this point. <<<But now, in game nine, Anand rose to the occasion and played a beautiful game, winning convincingly and destroying Kamsky's main black opening for the match.>>> Game ten was drawn, and Kamsky's backup opening was beaten soundly in the finale. This gave Anand the right to face Kasparov the next year, and like Kamsky against Karpov, Anand too was ultimately unsuccessful in his first shot at the title.>