Day 19 of the World Chess Championship 2012 between India's Viswanathan Anand and Israel's Boris Gelfand is here with chess Game 12 - the final one - to be played today. If the world chess champion is still not decided today and the game ends in a draw, the tiebreak would be played on Wednesday. You can watch Game 12 Live on the official website from India time 4.15 pm onwards. In the commentary box would be 14th world chess champion (2000) Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and New in Chess editor Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam.
As you know, the world chess championship 2012 is being held in a most beautiful venue - the Tretyakov Gallery.
2012 Anand, Gelfand World Chess Championship Game 11 in Moscow: Saturday chess did not have the fireworks expected. Reigning world chess champion India's Viswanathan Anand has settled into his rhythm and obtained an easy draw against Israel's Boris Gelfand in the game. The Game 12 - the final in the series of classical control chess games in the current world chess match - would be played on Monday and would be available live through the fantastic official website feed from India time 4.15 pm. Meanwhile, here are the Game 11 moves in our Chess King applet.
The World Chess Championship 2012 is down to the last two games between Israel's Boris Gelfand and India's Viswanathan Anand. The two remaining chess games - before the tiebreak (if required) on Wednesday - would be broadcast live at the official website on Saturday and Monday from 4.15 pm India time. Sunday is a rest day. The score stands tied at 5-5 as of now.
Meanwhile, during the press conference after Game 10, it became known that the challenger had offered a draw on move 21, but the world champion decided to continue the game, believing that he still had winning chances after 14.Nbd2. Yet the game ended in a draw a few moves later.
Commenting on the game, Viswanathan Anand noted that 5…e5 seemed very interesting. “My knight settled on e3. In the endgame, I had some hopes; I thought that it was probably not huge, but White could have some pressure because of Black’s weak pawns on the c-file. I think 19…Bc4 was a good move. The problem with 19…f5 is that I can play 20.Ng3 and, after Bb4, there is the in-between move 21.Nf5, basically much better for White. If Black makes any other waiting move, then I can double the rooks and play Bc1-Bf4, which should be in my favour. Maybe 17.Ba3 is already a slightly wrong plan, but in the event of 17.a3 with the idea of b4, I thought Black could play 17…Nd5 and Nb6 somewhere.”
Boris Gelfand also commented on the game, in particular 5…e5: “It’s always pleasant to apply a novelty on move 5. It doesn’t happen every day. People talk about novelties on move 20, 25, or even frighten you with novelties on move 40… I liked the series of moves after the capture on e5, where Black attacks the knight four times in a row. Black should play precisely, but I think the position holds, which I actually demonstrated.”
Answering the question as to whether the players wanted to determine the outcome of the match in additional time (similar to football), Anand said he didn’t think about a tie-break but played each game individually, making decisions depending on the position on the board. Gelfand said that any comparisons with football were not quite relevant here: “No one is stalling for time here. In football, the players may be tired in the 120th minute, but this doesn’t mean that any team wouldn’t be glad to win in the regular time.”
Asked whether the players analysed the games after they were over, the world champion answered that, of course, he was curious about what had happened but he didn’t spend too much time on analysis because he had to get ready for the next games. “I decided to postpone the analysis until after the match, when I’ll take a close look at my games,” said the challenger.
All polls say India's Vishy Anand is the favourite to win the 2012 World Chess Championship against Israel's Boris Gelfand. BUT - the question is - could challenger Boris Gelfand hold his own and really make a big upset against all odds? Here are five reasons why this could be a possibility in today's Game 9 at the Anand, Gelfand 2012 World Chess Championship expected to be an exciting one:
1-Boris Gelfand plays White in Game 9 and he has that statistical/theoretical/rhetorical advantage
2-Viswanathan Anand is Gelfand-beatable (We saw that in Game 8!)
3-Gelfand's fear of a loss is gone!!! He knows the whiff of victory. Not as impossible as everyone said.
4-Gelfand's wife Maya has sent a message of 'He can!'
5-Gelfand's victory over Anand in Game 8 was more to do with his hold over the game as compared to Anand's victory in Game 9 that was more to do with Gelfand's blunder.
B&W wishes both the players and all chess players a great Anand, Gelfand Game 9 at the 2012 World Chess Championship 2012 today available live at the official website.
The 13th World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov will visit the Anand Gelfand 2012 World Chess Championship Match in Moscow on Friday during the sixth game of the event. He will address a press conference and also visit the commentary room to join Alexander Grischuk (in Russian) and Peter Svidler (in English). They will discuss the Game 6 moves of the Anand Gelfand Chess Game 6 during the live broadcast and the comments will be available both to the spectators and visitors to the official website for the match.
Later, Kasparov will play a simultaneous exhibition chess game with young chess players who are taking part in the children’s programme at the World Championship Match. Prize winners and winners in the world, Russian and European children’s chess championships will be taking part in the simul. Stay tuned at the official website of the Anand Gelfand 2012 World Chess Championship in Moscow.