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Boris Gelfand vs Viswanathan Anand
Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 9, May-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-23-12  AVRO38: Anand has two Whites left, Gelfand one. Advantage Anand.
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  whiteshark: On the fortress theme I relied on the my wafer-thin ice of half Two-thirds of Knowledge.
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  Gypsy: <Sneaky: ...

Somebody suggested bringing the queen to Qb7 *and* bringing the king over there too. Another nice thought but I'm sure it wouldn't work. I'm not exactly sure what the best defense would be, but the fact is that in the time it would take White to do all that, Black could construct the Eiffel tower out of matchsticks. >

A pictoresque way to put it. Here is a simple, concrete way to build the tower: Black will just keep pushing his e-pawn forward. E.g.,

<50.Qb7 e5 51.fxe5 fxe5 52.Kg4 e4 ... >, etc.

Thus, draw.

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  kingscrusher: It seems to me on post mortem analysis with Houdini that a turning point was when White played 34 f4. It seems the pawn was better off on f2 to support White playing g4 without weakening his King as much.
May-23-12  ArkhamNoir: did someone say Anand was blitzing out moves?
May-23-12  spinal pat: <ArkhamNoir:> Those commentators, just a little trashtalk by the players before the game and it would be perfect. :D
May-23-12  tud: This game Portisch vs Karpov, 1978 shows that Karpov played a bit better Rfe8 before Bf3. Probably a better plan.
May-23-12  Whitehat1963: Finally, a game that reached the time control.
May-23-12  Eyal: I'm getting the impression that White can break Black's fortress after <34.g4>

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For example, Shipov ( suggests the following line/method of defence for Black: 34...fxg4 35.hxg4 Rd7 36.Kg3 Rc7 37.f4 Rd7 38.Kh4 Kg8 39.Kh5 Kh7 40.f5 exf5 41.gxf5 f6 42.Qc4 Kg7 43.Qb5 Nb6 44.Qb3 Nd5 45.Qb7 Nb6 46.Qg2+ Kf8! (Black can give up the h-pawn, but not the f-pawn; 46...Kh8 47.Qg6! Nd5 48.Qe8+) 47.Kxh6 Nd5:

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It's quite tricky, but it looks like Black is holding, e.g. 48.Qe4 Ne7 49.Qe6 Ke8! 50.Kh5 (50.Qxf6?? Ng8+; 50.Kg7 Rd6!) 50...Rd5

However, going back to the position after 38...Kg8:

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White might be able to win with 39.Qe5! Ne7 40.f5 exf5 41.gxf5 Kh7 42.Qf6 Nd5 43.Qc6 Nb6 44.Kh5, or 39...Kh7 40.f5 Ne7 (40...exf5 Qxf5 & Qxd7; 40...Re7 41.Kh5 Rc7 42.fxe6 fxe6 43.Qe4+ Kg7 44.Qg6+ Kf8 45.Qxh6+) 41.Qb5 Rc7 42.Qe8 Kg7 43.Qb8 Nd5 44.Qd8 Kh7 45.Qd6 Re7 46.g5.

May-23-12  Eyal: ...However, maybe Black should simply meet 34.g4 with <34...f4>:

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May-23-12  SamAtoms1980: <LucB: They are often (and presently) on commercial break (8:45 EDT)>

Sounds like my four favorite radio stations, and it's usually all at the same time.

May-23-12  LIFE Master AJ: IMO, White never had a chance to win the game, the lunge to grab the Queen was flashy, but probably premature.

Nearly always, when one side wins, the other side has to have had a bad position, or been outplayed, that was hardly the case here.

May-23-12  Eisenheim: <LIFE Master AJ> - I have to admit at move 18 I thought Gelfand had a winnable position and then I admired the fireworks with the Q exchange and opined that white was ahead because of having play at both sides of the board, but then as it dragged on it became transparent that the fortress would be hard to crack.

It is so different analyzing the game in the heat of battle, rooting for some action, versus the introspective after its done and knowing the outcome and learning why we had this outcome.

But back to move 18, my chatoic line and plan would be to advance the A pawn and try to dislodge the B pawn. 18 a4 which probably would've been met by ...Qb4, and then I would've played a5 and see what shook out. but then I know these guys play on a different dimension that I do (most of the time).

May-23-12  RookFile: Everybody thinks of the two bishops, but how many noticed black only had two pawn islands in the early middlegame, while white had three?
May-23-12  Marmot PFL: <...However, maybe Black should simply meet 34.g4 with <34...f4>:>

34 g4 f4 35 h4 followed by h5, Kh4, g5 etc. looks dangerous for black. Losing sleep over it won't do Gelfand any good though.

May-23-12  zakkzheng: Gelfand could of at least try to win
May-23-12  Caissas Clown: "BadKnight: I won some chessbucks betting on the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6."

Guess the next 48 and you could be challenging Anand for a million chessbucks:-).

May-23-12  Caissas Clown: I didn't think much of Naiditsch's commentary on chessdom. It looked like he was waiting for Houdini to do all the work , then just transcribed. Csaba Balogh was much more impressive in his Game 8 commentary.
May-23-12  ChessYouGood: If people are looking for a really thorough and indepth analysis of this game, checkout Big Freedia's video
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  OhioChessFan: <Eyal:

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White might be able to win with 39.Qe5! Ne7>

My first inclination would be 39...Kf8. Black does seem to be in trouble if the Knight loses his out post support. I am guessing 39. Qe5 Kf8 40. f5 Ke7 I'll have a look and also toss it in Fritz.

May-23-12  SmyslovTheSlayer: This has been an awesome match. There were a lot of draws in the beginning, but the tension is rising, and the games are reflecting that. I think there will be 3 more incredible games, and then possibly tie breakers. Gelfand is showing he belongs here, but Anand is showing that he is the man to beat. This is an intense match, which is awesome.
May-23-12  BKITU: Nice that this championship has finally gotten an interesting draw.
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  blazerdoodle: <SmyslovTheSlayer> !Hurrah! It's about time to someone isn't about to take out the Ginsu knives and end it all in desperate boredom!

Like that last guy, a few days back, standing on the cliff typing into his cell phone, please make this more exciting, and before things got moving to his personal taste, he leapt. Now he can enjoy the games in the afterlife.

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  OhioChessFan: Regarding the 39...Kf8 line. Fritz is worthless. White's King is going to eventually capture the h Pawn. I can't figure it out, but I think White should win by pushing the unopposed g Pawn.
May-23-12  PhilFeeley: Shipov on 19. c5:

<"He sold a gold watch for a rouble".>

Gotta love it!

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