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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2012 Anand, Gelfand World Chess Match Game 9 Moves - Gelfand Tries Hard Against Anand Fortress!

Result Gelfand-Anand Game 9: 1/2-1/2

Match Score: 4.5-4.5 (Photo: Official Website)

Israel's Boris Gelfand - the challenger to world chess champion India's Vishy Anand - continued to press with White all the way to 49 moves in Game 9 of the 2012 World Chess Championship, but had to settle for a draw eventually. The Nimzo-Indian opening was played for the first time in the 2012 World Chess Championship match today. Gelfand had a slight edge with the pair of bishops and hanging central pawns and even went for a continuation that left him with a Queen against Anand's Rook and Knight with four and five pawns each. However, Anand was precise and stayed put with his fortress. The score in Moscow is now 4.5-4.5. 

Game 10 will be played on Thursday and broadcast live on the official website as usual. Friday would be a rest day. If the score remains 6-6, a rapid/blitz tiebreak will decide the champion on Wednesday next week. You can replay the Game 9 moves in our Chess King applet.

Moscow Chess Romance (Москва Шахматы Романтика)

Moscow - the only city in the world where you can lose your heart to chess and girls at the same time. An exciting video here (even if you don't understand the French) by GM Robert Fontaine for EuropeEchecs. Enjoy the video as Game 9 in the Anand, Gelfand 2012 World Chess Championship as the endgame struggle continues.

Congratulations to 2012 Anand, Gelfand World Chess Match Officials in Moscow (поздравления чиновников)

The Anand, Gelfand 2012 World Chess Championship has brought great joy to all of us around the world. Not only has their media handling, 2012 world championship official website, and live broadcast been fantastic, but the organization of the event has been swell too. Time we knew the officials. Congratulations to the officials of the 2012 World Chess Championship.


Chief Arbiter:
IA Ashot Vardapetian (Armenia)
Deputy: IA Hal Bond (Canada)

Appeals Committee: Chairman: Kurt Jungwirth (Austria), Boris Kutin (Slovenia),Jorge Vega (Guatemala)

FIDE Supervisor: Georgios Makropoulos (Greece)

FIDE Press Officer: Anastasia Karlovich (Ukraine)

Press Officer of RCF: Mark Glukhovsky (Russia)

Organising Committee: Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation, ArkadyDvorkovich; Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Alexander Zhukov; General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Irina Lebedeva; Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation, Ilya Levitov; and match sponsors, businessmen Andrey Filatov and Guennadi Timtchenko.

Why Israel's Boris Gelfand could win Game 9 - Watch Live Today (Поэтому Борис Гельфанд мог выиграть сегодня)

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.

Anand, Gelfand Game 9 Live Today! Gelfand confesses he adopted risky line in Game 8

The Anand, Gelfand 2012 Game 9 Live would be available at the World Chess Championship official website within a few hours. Russian Champion Peter Svidler would be in the commentary room today. The Game 9 moves would be available here at B&W website right after the game. Meanwhile, in the press conference after Game 8, Israel's Boris Gelfand confessed that he had adopted a risky line in the game. 

Israel's Boris Gelfand and India's Viswanathan Anand at Game 8 press conference. Photo: Fide.
During the press conference, which took place immediately after the game, Boris Gelfand confessed that he simply failed to spot white's 17. Qf2. After playing 14...Qf6, he could only see 17. Qf4, after which white would have to play either 18. Bd3 or 18. Bh3. The Israeli grandmaster also considered the possibility of offering a losing exchange after a potential 15. Kc2 Nf4 16. Ne4 continuation. An interesting position appeared after 16... Re4 17. fe. “I played a risky variation and thought it would turn out okay, but I didn't anticipate White's last move. It's difficult to say where I could have played better. I think that, if this variation fails, then the whole concept is wrong. Of course, I could have just played Knight to g7 or f6 on the 14th move instead of Qf6, but then Black's position would have been worse after 15. h4.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Gelfand Can Win 2012 World Chess Title, Says Wife Maya

Boris Gelfand, Maya, Avner,
World chess title challenger Boris Gelfand's wife, Maya, says she is confident about her husband's skills. "I disregard other people's opinions. I know he can win."
She said that she does not consider the competition a pleasant experience, but as "hard work." 
Maya was speaking in Jerusalem to YNet news service about Israel's Boris Gelfand who is the challenger in the Viswanthan Anand-Boris Gelfand World Chess Championship Match 2012. "Boris is focused, he's very tense, he's gathering all his strength," she told Ynet. "He has no time for excitement, it's time to work."
Israel's Boris Gelfand had won Game 7 of the world chess match, but Viswanathan Anand won back Game 8 to level the score at 4-4. You can find all the game moves and the complete schedule of the 2012 world chess championship with links in the sidebar on the right.

Chess Figures of the 20th Century - Special Exhibition in Moscow

Awesome chess exhibition in Moscow. Not to be missed.

Until June 24 at the Multimedia Art Museum, 
Moscow, 16 Ul. Ostozhenka, m. 
Open Tue.-Sun., noon-9 pm

This chess treat at the Multimedia Art Museum is honoring World Chess Championship 2012 between India's Viswanathan Anand and Israel's Boris Gelfand in Moscow. The entire exhibition is devoted to chess! 

The exhibition features hundreds of photographs of Russian grandmasters such as Viktor Korchnoi, Anatoly Karpov and Gary Kasparov playing in major chess championships and friendly matches, accompanied by detailed commentary. Vintage match posters and chess sets are also on display, including 19th-century antiques and the first Soviet set, Gorod i Derevnya (“City and Town”). 

Two chess films will also be screened --. “Chess Fever,” a 1925 comedy by Vsevolod Pudovkin, follows a man whose love of chess causes him to miss his own wedding; it includes an appearance by chess legend Jose Raul Capablanca as himself and “Grandmaster,” a 1972 drama featuring Viktor Korchnoi, was removed from distribution after Korchnoi defected to the West. The museum provides chess sets for those inspired to play a match when they visit this unique exhibition! In June, grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik will face off against children for a mini-championship in the exhibition hall. 


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