World Championship G6 – A sixth draw; Kasparov comments

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5/18/2012 – It was a sixth straight draw, and though no significant advantage was ever achieved, the chances were Gelfand's, which was in itself both promising and worrisome. Promising as he got a small edge, but worrisome as Anand has held Gelfand so easily with Black so far. Perhaps the highlight was the surprise commentator: Garry Kasparov. Full report with analysis by GM Gilberto Milos.

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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 six

It was a sixth straight draw, though possibly Gelfand's best position so far. Despite never achieving any significant advantage, the chances were his, and this in itself was both promising and worrisome. Promising as he got a small edge, but worrisome as Anand has neutralized Gelfand so easily with black so far.

Gelfand anxiously awaits the beginning of the game

Anand adjusts his pieces

Today Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion, was the honoured guest at the match. At the press conference, Garry readily answered many questions from the journalists in great detail.

There was a lengthy press conference with Garry Kasparov

The official video of the press conference

Then he joined first the English-speaking commentators, Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam and Peter Svilder, and after that the Russian-speaking commentators, Ilya Smirin and Alexander Grischuk, and took part in analyzing the game. Later Kasparov went down to the chess courtyard where he played a simul against young talented Russian chess players.

Garry Kasparov took on some young talents in a simul

In the commentary box, Kasparov was in his usual energetic form, and was also quite blunt (typical Kasparov of course) on the match until now. Here are a few choice excerpts, though if you scroll down to the video and advance it to the 16:23 mark, you can see the full scope. He arrives in the box at 16:12.

Kasparov comments (excerpts)

It was a singular moment having the former world champion commenting on the match

On game three

Kasparov: The position wasn't an advantage you could press just simply playing by your hand [instinctively] you had to concentrate, this is what Spassky used to call the climax of the game and the form of the great player can be defined by an ability to smell the moment. The moment of crisis, where you have to spend more time. [Vishy was unfortunately down to a minute a move from move 30] and clearly Vishy missed this moment. He needed just to spend 20 minutes just to maybe relax and bit and maybe to look at the position from a different angle because of a unique chance of winning.

Svidler: I was surprised, I was at home and I was doing something and I left it when the bishop was on d7 on the board and I did something else for 15 minutes and I came back and the game was finished and I thought this is very odd. Because in a match like this, I understand that after three games you can't draw really many conclusions but it seems like a very tight match where one game might decide so it's a golden opportunity to do something, it was an opportunity missed.

On the match

Dirk Jan: The longer it goes, the bigger chances it is for Gelfand?

Kasparov: I wouldn't say that the protracted crisis benefits one player or another, I think they're both under huge pressure. I said at the press conference, Gelfand hasn't won a single game against Vishy since 1993. So really puts you in a psychological.... To make you defensive. As for Vishy, I think he's sliding downhill these [last] years. He wants to win, he knows he's a better player, but it's not enough. You know that but big deal! you still have to win. There's a huge pressure on both sides for different reasons. Safety is definitely the buzzword of the event and I compare this match to the previous matches, since I left chess, professional chess. It's Kramnik-Topalov, Anand-Kramnik and Anand-Topalov and all these three matches they were very tense, a lot of ideas, and not just about decisive games, you could see there was so much fighting spirit by both sides and they were not, despite the fact they were also players of the highest callibre and they had a lot at stake, but no-one was afraid to take risks.

The way Vishy played against Kramnik 2008 I think was phenomenal, his preparation for the match, and his determination and the quality of chess he showed it was absolutely phenomenal.

Dirk Jan: And this was what everyone was hoping, his recent results were not good but so they were before.

Kasparov: His match with Topalov was already clearly a drop in quality when you look at the Kramnik match. He survived the match and in some games you saw sparkle of genius. Very often in the match he was struggling. But now you very often see a "Maginot Line", defensive wall tactics. (Ed: The Maginot Line was the basis for an amazing attempt to stonewall the Germans in World War II. Though it defended against direct assault, the Germans eventually flanked it and invaded France in days. Today it is also used to describe a strategy or object that people hope will prove effective but instead fails miserably.)

Dirk Jan: How do you explain that, is it age, is it motivation, what is it?

Kasparov: What I think with Vishy is that he lost motivation. The Indian journalist criticised me for being so blunt and saying that Anand lost motivation but I said that as an Indian chess fan you should be more concerned about Anand losing motivation than me saying it. I don't know but everyone has his own reasons for that.

Dirk Jan: I think he was eager. What I spoke to him before the match he said you don't... I mean it's a World Championship match your entire body reacts to that.

Kasparov: Hopefully we can still see some sign of greatness of the past but if you look at the record from 2008 to 2012 there are four years and it's not very inspiring and the way he played in London, in Moscow, Tal Memorial...

Svidler: He hasn't been a great tournament player for years and I think that's a concious decision by him because he just conserves energy.

Kasparov: But it's not about tournaments it's about sparkle in the eyes, when you are really in it. And by the way he won many, many top tournaments. Very impressive.

Svidler: But not in the recent past.

Kasparov: Not in the recent past but I think in tournaments there's more difficult because the lack of motivation makes you very vulnerable. Because in tournaments you have to win x number of games to be on the top. In a match you can still be cautious and maybe over-cautious but you still can prevail and obviously that's his tactics, especially as he is playing an opponent that is by many factors inferior. I mean if he played Aronian and Carlsen it would be a very different ball-game.

(Click here for the full transcription by Mark Crowther)

Some young fans come to meet the world champion

The photographers on site, Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili

Pictures by Alexey Yushenkov and Anastasia Karlovich

Game six analysis by GM Gilberto Milos

[Event "2012 World Championship - Moscow"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.18"] [Round "6"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2791"] [Annotator "Gilberto Milos"] [PlyCount "58"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] [EventType "match"] [EventRounds "12"] [EventCountry "RUS"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. Qc2 {In the previous game Gelfand played b3.} c5 {Anand replies with the most popular and probably best move aiming to exploit the position of White's queen.} 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Be2 Be6 9. O-O Nc6 10. Rd1 (10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. b3 {has been played before and Black is ok.}) 10... cxd4 (10... Nb4 {is a good alternative and Black has also achieved good results with it.}) 11. Nxd4 (11. exd4 {is also equal.}) 11... Nxd4 (11... Rc8 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. e4 $1 {favors White.}) 12. Rxd4 {0.22/0} Bc5 {0.22/0} 13. Rd1 {0.22/0} Qe7 {0.22/0} 14. Bf3 {0.26/0} O-O {0.36/0 The novelty.} ({This is better than} 14... Rd8 15. b3 O-O 16. Bb2 Rc8 {though Black is ok here too. There the game continued} 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. Bxd5 Bxd5 19. Rxd5 Bxe3 20. Qe2 Bg5 21. Re5 Qf6 22. Re1 h6 23. h4 Qg6 24. hxg5 Rc2 25. Qe3 Rxb2 26. gxh6 Qxh6 27. Qxh6 gxh6 28. R5e2 Rxe2 29. Rxe2 Rc8 {ended in a draw in Lenic-Rublevsky 2011.} ) 15. Nxd5 {0.31/0} Bxd5 {0.39/0} 16. Bxd5 {0.36/0} Nxd5 {0.39/0} 17. Rxd5 {0.28/0} Rac8 {0.17/0} 18. Bd2 {0.36/0 This is a critical moment. Giving the pawn back allows Black to equalise but unfortunately keeping the pawn was not a great alternative either.} (18. Qe2 Qe4 19. Rd1 (19. Qd3 Qxd3 20. Rxd3 Rfd8 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8) 19... Be7 (19... Rfd8 20. Bd2 Qc2 21. Rab1) 20. f3 Qc2 21. Rd2 Qc5 {and Black is at least equal.}) (18. Qd3 Rfd8 19. g3 Bb6 20. Rxd8+ Rxd8 21. Qc2 Qb4 {also is fine for Black.}) 18... Bxe3 {0.21/0} 19. Bc3 {0.13/0} Bb6 { 0.17/0} 20. Qf5 {0.20/0} Qe6 {0.18/0} 21. Qf3 {0.24/0} (21. Qxe6 Bxf2+ 22. Kh1 fxe6 23. Rd7 e5 (23... Rf7 $4 24. Rxf7 Kxf7 25. Rf1) 24. Bxe5 Rf7 $11) 21... f6 {0.18/0} 22. h4 {0.21/0 This is a good try, prehaps the only decent one. White wants to play h5, treatening h6, to trying to force Black to play h6 fixing one more pawn on the same colour as his bishop.} Qc6 {0.25/0 Good defense with the idea to change the heavy pieces.} 23. h5 {0.25/0} Rfd8 {0.15/0} 24. Rxd8+ { 0.19/0} Rxd8 {0.09/0} 25. Qxc6 {0.17/0} bxc6 {0.16/0 Undoubtely White has an advantage but it is too small and if the rooks or bishops are exchanged a draw is almost certain.} 26. Re1 {0.14/0 White's idea is to play Re4, followed by Ra4, forcing a5. After he would play Rc4, eventually forcing c5, and finally pursue his goals with g4, Kg2 and Kf3. If Black does nothing, White's advantage could become decisive, but Anand did not become world champion by doing nothing...} Kf7 {0.21/0} 27. g4 {0.12/0} (27. Re4 Rd1+) 27... Bd4 {0.10/0} The final pieces come off and this is good enough for a draw.} 28. Rc1 {0.00/0} Bxc3 29. Rxc3 Rd4 1/2-1/2

GM Gilberto Milos is a veteran grandmaster who has been six-times Brazilian champion, and is one of only three Brazilian players to break into the world's Top 100. He has represented Brazil no fewer than nine times in the Olympiads, and in 2000, took third in the Chess World Cup, behind Anand and Bareev.

Gilberto delivers his analyses of the World Championship in Moscow minutes after the games have ended, something we greatly appreciate.


Analysis of game six by GM Daniel King on Playchess


Game five analysis by Malcolm Pein

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

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.

Andrew Martin comments on game six 


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.


 Vishy Anand
 Boris Gelfand  

Remaining schedule

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

Sat May 19 Rest day  
Sun May 20 Game 7 Lawrence Trent
Mon May 21 Game 8 Oliver Reeh
Tues May 22 Rest day  
Wed May 23 Game 9 Daniel King
Thur May 24 Game 10 Yannick Pelletier
Fri May 25 Rest day  
Sat May 26 Game 11 Daniel King
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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