World Championship G7 – Gelfand draws first blood and leads

by ChessBase
5/20/2012 – It's the decisive result for which everyone has been clamoring, but it wasn't the big win Anand's fans were hoping for. As noted by Kasparov, the buzzword so far has been "safety", and here it was taken too far, as the passive play by the world champion allowed Gelfand to penetrate with decisive effect for the match's first win. Extensive analysis by GM Gilberto Milos and IM Malcolm Pein.

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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 seven – Gelfand draws first blood

Viswanathan Anand crashed to defeat against Boris Gelfand of Israel in the seventh game of the ongoing World Chess Championship in Moscow. The reigning World Champion was strangely error prone in the last stages of the game, just when it appeared that it was heading for a draw.

Anand has steadfastly stuck to the Slav defence in all the four black games he has played so far. From a theoretical view point it was another interesting duel in the Slav, and so far Anand had demonstrated that with the black pieces he had established a pretty comfortably zone. Interestingly it was Anand who tried to keep the position alive with some not so routine moves, initially, while Gelfand appeared more than content to keep his position solid and steer towards a draw.

A tactical mistake by Anand on the 25th move put Gelfand firmly in the saddle. He forced the exchange of queens and very soon had his rook firmly entrenched on the seventh rank. Anand’s bishop was hopelessly tied down and though he desperately tried for some counter play by sacrificing his bishop, Gelfand now smelling victory, kept up the attack with his rook and two knights threatening check-mate. Anand resigned on the 38th move in a hopeless position. It was after 19 years that 43-year-old Gelfand scored a victory over 42-year-old Anand in classical chess.

After seven games Gelfand now leads the twelve game match series with a score of 4:3. The player reaching 6.5 points will be crowned Champion. In the next five games Anand will wield Whites in three games, starting with the eighth game tomorrow evening. Anand now needs a victory to bounce back into the match.

Game seven with analysis by GM Gilberto Milos

Start of game seven: the videographers in the background are GM Robert Fontaine
from Europe Echecs and Vijay Kumar from India's Doordarshan TV program

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.

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Game seven analysis by Malcolm Pein

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Game seven commentary by Daniel King

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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.

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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