Interview with Boris Gelfand

by André Schulz
4/2/2015 – Since the 1980s Boris Gelfand has been one of the world's best players. In 2012 he finally played a match for the World Championship title against Vishy Anand in Moscow and had good chances to win. In a 33-minute interview with Tania Kisilevski from the Russian TV station ETV he now revealed interesting things about his life as a chess professional.

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When Boris Gelfand appeared on the international tournament scene in the middle of the 1980s he soon was considered to be a potential challenger for the world title. In 2012 Gelfand, who was born in Minsk but emigrated to Israel after the end of the Soviet Union in 1989, finally had a chance to play directly for the title. He became challenger of Vishy Anand and came close to winning the match in Moscow. Gelfand was the first to win a game but Anand equalized and the match finally went into the tie-break. After missing a win in the third game and overlooking a knight's fork in the fourth game, Gelfand finally lost tie-break and match. But his achievements led to a lot of chess interest in his home country Israel and inspired director Halil Efrat to do a documentary about Gelfand's chess career: "Album 61".

Recently Gelfand gave the Russian TV station ETV an interview (in Russian), which translated into English - including a link to "Album 61".


Transcript and translation into English at

The interview on video...

André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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