World Chess Championship Match 2012 Viswanathan Anand versus Boris Gelfand, Moscow 2012
by Boris Schipkov
The FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2012 between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand took place in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow (Russia) 10th-31st May. 12 classic games. Anand-Gelfand 6-6; tiebreak 2.5-1.5, the total score 8.5-7.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion again, he retains World Championship title.
Games (16, pgn)
Tie-break. Rapid: G4 Anand-Gelfand 1/2. An interesting game.
G3 Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Vishy played very risky chess, Boris could have won.
G2 Anand-Gelfand 1-0. White obtained a development advantage, won a pawn. Black had compensation. Better were 20.Kf3 and 22.fxe3. In time trouble Boris made the decisive mistake.
G1 Gelfand-Anand 1/2. A sharp tactical struggle.
World Chess Championship Match 2012 Viswanathan Anand against Boris Gelfand, Moscow 2012: Tie-break Games
Game 12: Anand-Gelfand 1/2. Sicilian Defence, 3.Bb5. Vishy sacrificed a pawn, but he had the better pawn structure. Then Boris gave two pawns, Anand had an extra pawn in the endgame.
Game 11: Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Nimzo-Indian. A draw in 24 moves.
Game 10: Anand-Gelfand 1/2. Sicilian Defence, 3.Bb5. From the opening to the endgame.
Game 9: Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Nimzo-Indian Defence. A theoretical duel. Boris had the bishop pair advantage, then he grabbed the queen for a rook, a knight and a pawn. Vishy tried to create a fortress in the endgame.
Game 8: Anand-Gelfand 1-0. A sharp fight in the Modern Benoni or Saemisch King's Indian. Anand gained a small edge with the strong 13.Kd1, Boris made an error 14...Qf6 and lost.
Game 7: Gelfand-Anand 1-0. Semi-Slav, QGD. Boris played 6.c5, Vishy made a new move, 8...Nxb6. After several Anand's mistakes Boris grabbed a bishop in the ending and won.
Game 6: Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Semi-Slav, QGD. Anand's novelty 14...0-0 is the pawn sacrifice. Boris gave the pawn back with 18.Bd2.
Game 5: Anand-Gelfand 1/2. Sicilian Defence. Vishy played 1.e4 and obtained a slight advantage.
Game 4: Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Semi-Slav, QGD. Anand had no real problems.
Game 3: Anand-Gelfand 1/2. A sharp fight in the Gruenfeld Defence, 3.f3 d5. White attacked on the kingside, Black counterattacked on the queenside, but White had the better chances thanks to the strong d-pawn in the centre. Boris sacrificed a pawn, activated his rook and could equalize with 23...Nb6. Viswanathan could gain an edge in the endgame with 34.d7.
Game 2: Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Semi-Slav, QGD. Vishy made a new move, 14...Nf6, trying to exchange pieces to equalize.
Game 1: Anand-Gelfand 1/2. Gruenfeld Defence. Boris grabbed the a2-pawn with his queen 12...Qxa2. 13.Rb2 is Anand's novelty. In the middlegame the rivals traded pieces, both played well.
World Chess Championship Match 2012 Viswanathan Anand against Boris Gelfand, Moscow 2012: Games
World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand.
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