FIDE Candidates Finals G4: Another short draw

by ChessBase
5/23/2011 – After the short draw in game three, and the rest day that followed, the spectators were entitled to expect today's game to be a good fight at the very least. But no such luck. The grandmaster we had lined up to annotate the game told us, "The match is very disappointing... Have you ever seen a sports event that ended precisely when the heat was at its highest?". Report and picture.

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From 3 to 27 May 2011 the FIDE Candidates matches are being held in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, with eight strong GMs competing to qualify as Challenger for the 2012 World Champion match. Time controls in the four regular games are 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a tie there will be four rapid chess games, and if the tie is still not broken then up to five two-game blitz matches 5'+3". Finally there may be a sudden-death final decider. The prize fund of the candidates is 500,000 Euros.


Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk

Finals - Game four

There is little one can say about today’s short draw other than the players repeated the English from round two,  Gelfand played a more cautious continuation, and just as things were about to heat up… draw. We even had a commentator, GM Elshan Moradiabadi, lined up for the game, and though we were going to dispense his services, he beat us to it, “Look, I made up my decision. I am not going to do any commentary on Chessbase unless the games are played under Sofia rules [meaning no quick draws].” Very unhappy with the last couple of games, he added:“The match is very disappointing. I think this is one reason why chess is losing sponsors. Have you ever seen a sports event that ended precisely when the heat was at its highest?” Of course there was little to add to that, and it is not just the sponsors but the fans who are turned off.

The most exciting moment of the game

Gelfand,Boris (2733) - Grischuk,Alexander (2747) [A37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (3.4), 23.05.2011
1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.d3 Nge7 7.a3 d6 8.Nd2 0-0 9.Rb1 h6 10.0-0 a5 11.Nd5 Be6 12.Nxe7+ Qxe7 13.Ne4 Kh8 14.Nc3 Qd7 15.Bd2 Rab8 16.Qc1 h5 17.Bh6 Bh3 18.Re1 1/2-1/2. [Click to replay]

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May 23 Round 3 Game 4 Loek van Wely live
Tuesday May 24 Round 3 Game 5 Daniel King live
Wednesday May 25 Round 3 Game 6 Daniel King live
Thursday May 26 Tiebreaks, closing    
Friday May 27 Departure    

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