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Viswanathan Anand vs Boris Gelfand
Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match (2012) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 14, May-30
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0

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May-30-12
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  Honza Cervenka: Well, that is exactly what I was a bit afraid of that a decision of the match will come rather on clock than on board. Gelfand blew in severe time pressure endgame, which was objectively drawish. Things like that are not much probable to happen in a game with classical time control, especially with reasonable time increments per move, when you must not defend such an ending with "hanging flag" on clock.
May-30-12  iamsheaf: <tragic> what tragic? ...Gelfand winning the WC would tragic for me...I am not sure having a world champion who hasn't won a super tournament in recorded history, someone who might lose -4 to the next challenger(Carlsen or Aronian) is something to particularly look forward to...
May-30-12  acirce: <Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp 32-bit : 20 ply

1. (1.68): 67.Nxd5 Rxd5 68.b6 Re5 69.Rf7 Re8 70.Kc5 Rc8+ 71.Kb5 Rd8 72.Kc6 Rc8+ 73.Rc7 Rd8

2. (0.53): 67.Ka5 Bb7 68.Ne2 Rd5 69.Rg6 Rd7 70.Kb6 Rd8 71.Rg5 Bc8 72.Nc3 Be6 73.Rg6 Bf7>

Well, this is of course computer nonsense.. 67.Nxd5 is simply a very easy, elementary draw.

May-30-12  ajile:


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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp 32-bit : 21 ply

1. (2.50): 77...Rb2 78.Ka7 Ra2+ 79.Kb7 Rg2 80.b6 Rg3 81.Rc8 Rh3 82.Rg8 Rh5 83.Kb8 Rh1 84.b7

2. (2.50): 77...Rg3 78.Ka7 Rg1 79.b6 Ra1+ 80.Kb7 Rg1 81.Rc8 Rb1 82.Rc7+ Ke6 83.Rg7 Kf6 84.Rg8

May-30-12  iamsheaf: This was a curious World Championship, only 1 out 12 classical games made it to the time control...
May-30-12  acirce: <Gelfand had two seconds left somewhere (I think before move 70).>

Yes, and that was remarkable since he had around 50 a few moves before that. Most expected him to simply keep playing normal moves and if anything gain time. His psyche must have played tricks on him.

May-30-12  optimal play: <LucB><Looks like poor time management lead to the challenger's demise.> That could've happened during the classical games if Anand had pressed his time advantage on perhaps two occasions?
May-30-12
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  Honza Cervenka: <iamsheaf: <tragic> what tragic?> It is definitely a tragedy for Gelfand to lose an ending like this after excellent and difficult defense he had shown in the course of the game.
May-30-12
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  LucB: <optimal play>

You are correct, although Gelfand had more than mere seconds in the classical time control cases. Anand played very cautiously (timidly?) in that first phase of the match, hence his decision to offer draws even when he had some chances.

May-30-12  LIFE Master AJ: White wins - by eventually getting to the Lucena Position. (http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...)
May-30-12  MORPHYEUS: cry cry whine whine "if it wasn't rapids he wouldn't run out of time." blah blah

Why do you think they set time to complete exams or IQ test? If you take half-hour to solve a problem and the other guy takes a few seconds, obviously he's more intelligent than you.

May-30-12  Badmojo: No one should cry for either of these two clowns if one had time trouble playing rapids. Both played to be here.

This is what you played for Gelfand, enjoy it.

May-30-12  LIFE Master AJ: It was much closer than I would have thought, this one win - barely for White - represents Anand's margin of victory.
May-30-12
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  kevin86: Lucena to follow...queen to follow...game to follow...title to follow.
May-30-12  cormier: white king was always centralised
May-30-12
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  Jimfromprovidence: Im interested in finding out what the losing move was. I know 71...Rf5 was bad.

I'm looking for discussion over the merits of 72Kd7 vs. the text 72Kc8. The reason I bring this up is because Im seeing 73 Nd4 Bh5 following 72Kd7, below. (Black can not play 73...Bh5 in the text continuation).


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White cannot accept this exchange and can play 74 Rg7+ forcing 74Rf7. But white again has another threat in 75 Rg5.


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I think black is stuck here. If he plays 75Rf4 white can now exchange pieces with a won ending. If he plays 75Rh7 white can push his b pawn. 75Bd1 also looks lost.

My conclusion is that there is no difference in the outcome if black plays 72...Kd7.

May-30-12  sreeskamp: rapids and blitz are a world championship unworhty
May-30-12
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  HeMateMe: I would prefer it were one classical game per day, as a sudden death tie break. If the venue is already booked for something else, then you let them play in the one of the hotel conference rooms, under the eye of FIDE arbiters, with no audience present. If this isn't feasable, you move the match tie breaker to a nearby college, where there is a large hall or conference room available for a few days.

But--let the match be decided by classical time controls. Such a lack of common sense by those who set up a match. Chess doesnt need an audience or a battery of video monitors--it only needs a large, quiet room, with FIDE representatives present.

May-30-12
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  HeMateMe: I would prefer it were one classical game per day, as a sudden death tie break. If the venue is already booked for something else, then you let them play in the one of the hotel conference rooms, under the eye of FIDE arbiters, with no audience present. If this isn't feasable, you move the match tie breaker to a nearby college, where there is a large hall or conference room available for a few days.

But--let the match be decided by classical time controls. Such a lack of common sense by those who set up a match. Chess doesnt need an audience or a battery of video monitors--it only needs a large, quiet room, with FIDE representatives present.

May-30-12  awz16: I agree with badmojo. I doubt Boris will have any complaints when he has had time to truly reflect on this match. He will be disappointed in himself no doubt, but will not be bitter over anything. Gelfand is clearly not as efficient of a thinker as Anand and it showed. I don't see a tragedy here as far as this specific match is concerned. Had Boris had 2 mins remaining at move 69 and found a draw, that would have been the real tragedy. If he was as much of an endgame master as Svidler claimed, it would never ever have occured to him to play 70...Kd8 71.Ka5 Rf5 under severe time pressure or not. 71...Rf5 was an instant loss as it transposes to Lucena.

By whatever sequence the match was destined to finish, the more talented chess player won and I hope all will be be content with this. Hopefully this match did it's part to eventually kill off the classical chess championship.

May-30-12
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  Eyal: <Jimfromprovidence: I'm interested in finding out what the losing move was.>

Well, 71...Rf5 loses by force and, according to the official site, <71...Bh1!> is a draw according to "7-man Lomonosov tablebases" (http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/live?...). Can't argue with that... But moves 69-70, which move the king away from the queening square of the b-pawn and so prevent possibilities of getting a Philidor position in rook endgames, already make Black's situation very difficult in practical terms. Instead of the panicky 70...Kd8, for example, Kb8 seems to be holding after e.g. 71.b6 Bb7 72.Rg8+ Bc8 73.Kb5 Rf5! (73...Rh7? 74.b7 Rxb7+ 75.Nxb7 Kxb7 76.Rg7+ Kb8 77.Kb6) with the idea 74.b7 Rxc5+ 75.Kxc5 Kxb7. It's easy to understand, however, why the prospect of dealing with such mating threats wouldn't be appealing to someone who is playing with only a few seconds left on his clock.

May-30-12  maelith: <HeMateMe: I would prefer it were one classical game per day, as a sudden death tie break. If the venue is already booked for >

Yup, rapid and blitz tie breaker should be eliminated in this world chess championship(classical)and candidates matches..

May-30-12
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  thegoodanarchist: I stand firmly for the champion getting draw odds in the classical chess championship, so justice has prevailed!
May-30-12  Hesam7: <Well, 71...Rf5 loses by force and, according to the official site, <71...Bh1!> is a draw according to "7-man Lomonosov tablebases">

We have 7 piece tablebases now? This is fantastic!

May-31-12  QueentakesKing: Q---Why did Boris lose?
A---Bec. he is fat and overweight.
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