World Championship G11 – Anand draws with a Nimzo Indian

5/26/2012 – It was the penultimate game of the match, and the last white for Gelfand. The game was a Nimzo-Indian once more, and though it ended in a draw after 25 moves, the tension came from Gelfand’s extensive use of the clock, leaving him with only twelve minutes when they shook hands. Will Anand go all out with white in the last game, or prefer the rapid playoffs? Pictures, videos, GM commentary.

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The World Chess Championship 2012 is being staged in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, between the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and the winner of the Candidates tournament Boris Gelfand of Israel. The match is over twelve games and lasts from May 11 to 30. The prize fund is US $2.55 million, the winner getting $1.53 million (60%), the loser $1.02 million (40%).

Round eleven – Anand draws with a Nimzo Indian

The 11th game of the World Chess Championship was a tantalising one, having its exciting moments initially, which perhaps raised hopes of a positive result for fans of reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand.


In former times people would sharpen their swords or oil their guns before a battle...


Anand at the start of the game (after playing 6...c5)


Boris Gelfand mulling over Anand's suprise move 8...Bd7

Boris Gelfand appeared to have been caught off-guard on the eighth move with a rare continuation by Anand, who had once again opted for the Nimzo Indian Defence. Gelfand pondered long and hard (for about 50 minutes) on this move, causing a buzz of excitement and many wondered whether the Indian ace had something exciting to unleash from his home preparation. Gelfand appeared troubled, gesticulated nervously and stayed hunched for a long time on the board. Quite clearly the move had rattled him but the Israeli GM kept his cool and solved his problems on board to once again steer the game to a draw after 24 moves.


The final minutes of game eleven – Boris Gelfand ponders after 22...Be8


Gelfand has played 23.Rb3 and Anand looks very relaxed about his prospects


After 24...Rd7 Gelfand has accepted the draw offer by Anand

The twelve-game match has just one more game remaining, to be played on Monday after a rest day on Sunday. The match is delicately poised with a 5.5-5.5 score, and a victory by either would mean the world title. Anand will be wielding white and in case of a draw, the tie break games are scheduled to be played on May 30th.

Anand finds himself in a similar situation as in Sofia in 2010, where the score was tied 5.5-5.5 and he scored a thrilling victory over Veselin Topalov in the final twelfth game to retain the crown. Anand first won the title in 2000, then lost it the next year. He regained back the title in 2007 in Mexico, and since then successfully defended it in 2008 and 2010.

Game eleven analysis by GM Gilbert Milos


Game ten analysis by Malcolm Pein

IM Malcolm Pein comments on the games on TWIC and live during each game via Twitter #telegraphchess.


Analysis of game eleven by GM Daniel King on Playchess


Video commentary by Andrew Martin


GM Robert Fontaine and his video producer Gérard Demuydt are in Moscow, producing video reports and interviews after each round for the French chess magazine Europe Echecs. We are grateful to receive the reports very soon after the end of the games, so that we are able to publish them on the same day. It is also great to catch a glimpse of the many interesting personalities that visit the World Championship.


A prominent visitor: World numer two Levon Aronian (right) chats with Robert Fontaine


GM Max Dlugy, Press Officer of RCF Mark Glukhovsky, World numer three Vladimir
Kramnik, Dmitry Jakovenko, and Peter Svidler, the English language commentator


Video report by Vijay Kumar for Doordarshan Indian TV Network

Pictures by Anastasya Karlovich in Moscow

Video stream of the round (from the official World Championship site)

Once again the Russian organisers are providing unprecedented coverage,
with a HD video stream of the action and commentary by visiting grandmasters.


One of the camera people responsibe for the HD video broadcast of the event


Scoreboard

 Players
Rtng
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Tot.
Perf.
+/–
 Vishy Anand
2791
½
½
½
½
½
½
0
1
½
½
½
 
5.5
2727
–10
 Boris Gelfand  
2727
½
½
½
½
½
½
1
0
½
½
½
 
5.5
2791
+10

Remaining schedule

Days of play, with live commentators on Playchess.com. Note that the games start at 15:00h local time = 13:00 CEST, 07 a.m. New York or here in your location.

Sun May 27 Rest day  
Mon May 28 Game 12 Sam Collins
Tues May 29 Rest day  
Wed May 30 Tiebreaks  
Thurs May 31 Closing  

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