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Viswanathan Anand vs Boris Gelfand
Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 1, May-11
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-11-12  talisman: thanks chessgames and thank you Natalia!
May-11-12  Ulhumbrus: <MindCtrol9: I believe if you have a passed pawn,you must use it to create pressure and not open or try to open a line the way Gelfand did with <22...f5> playing Anand who is very solid player especially in the end game.> If you are right this means that Black gains more from advancing his passed a pawn than White gains from being given time to prepare e5 in reply to ...f5.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Frankly speaking, I am somewhat surprised. One doesn't let Anand off the hook after getting such a position with Black. Anyway, this game was rather interesting: a surprising opening choice, sharp lines and...too bad that we didn't see the endgame being played out. Thanks for watching the game at CG and see you tomorrow!
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  Natalia Pogonina: <spinal pat> My bet was on a) draw b) d4 too ;-)
May-11-12  spinal pat: yes, chessbucks are coming my way.
May-11-12  MindCtrol9: It could be a draw,but with the pair of Bishops that Gelfand had,I think he has the advantage.
May-11-12  marwanredman123: Interesting game!! bye bye
May-11-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Gelfand showed a lack of nerve at the end.
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  Domdaniel: In the longer 24-game matches of the past, it was reasonable to take a draw with Black in an early game -- knowing that the opening variation might come around again, and you had a route to a good game. Or if the opening wasn't repeated, that was one weapon less in your opponent's arsenal.

But the dynamics are different in these short matches. Every half-chance has to be pursued. Such tentative play - more than inherent skill - is the reason that both Gelfand and Anand will soon be passed by the Carlsen/Aronian generation.

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for joining us today, and special thanks to WGM Pogonina for her great commentary, even though it was little more than an opening discussion today. We're all looking forward to doing this again tomorrow, where perhaps round 2 will have a little more meat on its bones :-) Round 2 is tomorrow (Saturday) a the same time (11:00 UTC, or 7:00am NY Time).

By the way: We will be doing some software testing during the US Championship later today at 2:00pm USA/Eastern, regarding live broadcast customization for mobile devices. If you're in the mood for more live chess, and can't wait until tomorrow morning, come back at 2:00pm EDT. Thanks!

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  Domdaniel: <Natalia> Great commentary, thank you. It's just unfortunate they didn't play on and let us hear more of your thoughts.

A demain.

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  Doctor Who: Excellent post-game interview at the live video site taking place right now.
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  Eyal: In the press conference, in response to the question whether he was expecting the Gruenfeld, Anand says that he "was expecting to be surprised".

Gelfand rather dismisses questions about advantage to Black in the endgame, saying even that such evaluations are probably influenced by computers. Specifically, he says that after the critical 23...Bd7 he couldn’t find anything promising in response to 24.Rfc1.

May-11-12  claia: According to the official website (, one more full move was played: 24. Nxe4 Bf5 and then 1/2-1/2. Isn't that right?
May-11-12  LIFE Master AJ: I could not be here full-time, I had to get my children ready for school.

From what I saw, it was an acceptable game of chess ...

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  Octavia: I came late to the interview & was surprised to see Gelfand almost in tears with Anand patting him on his back saying "tomorrow is another game!" & even more surprised to see it was drawn !?
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  moronovich: <From what I saw, it was an acceptable game of chess ...>

What a relief.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Wyatt Gwyon: Gelfand showed a lack of nerve at the end.>

Although many of us (probably all) would have enjoyed seeing the game continue, I do not think it is reasonable to characterize Gelfand's decision (as Black) to offer a draw at the juncture he did as "lack of nerve" (except if you mean "nerve" in the sense for which the Yiddish "chutzpah" is sometimes used). He just did not see any reasonable basis on which to continue playing for a full point.

May-11-12  Ragh: Go Anand!
May-11-12  NGambit: Is it just me or has Anand been looking unusually tense in the broadcast (today as well as the opening ceremony)?
May-11-12  haydn20: At the end, White's N at e4 locks up the position, and if e.g. 25. Re1 Bxe4 26. fxe4 Rb3 27.e5 Black has nothing special.
May-11-12  drnooo: mmm one wonders, doesn't one, if Fischer would have offered a draw here. He did in later stages of the match with Boris, much later, but early on like this? For me this does not speak well of Gelfand's nerves. Thugh I am one of those lucky ones who will not be getting up at the crack of dawn to see these games. It's still such a farce that I can check in later for a few laughs. Which this one certainly was. Great tactical brawl though. Meanwhile the ghosts of Carlsen and Krammnik and several others haunt the room
May-11-12  Petrosianic: Offered one, no. Accepted on, possibly.
May-11-12  lost in space: I am late, I am late! and it is already draw. Now back to my space bar.
May-11-12  parisattack: Game was a little disappointing but I very much enjoyed Pogonina's useful, friendly and lively commentary. It is not difficult to see why she has so many fans.
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