The Inevitability

Время публикации: 11.05.2012 19:40 | Последнее обновление: 12.05.2012 00:00

In the 1st game of Anand - Gelfand match the opponents' forces turned out to be equal       

The 1st game of the World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand has finished in Moscow. We've already informed you about the challenger's unexpected opening choice and we offered you grandmasters' commentaries (you can find them here). A lot of experts considered the fight in the middlegame to be "very sharp and interesting" with mutual chances. 

It may be that 15.Bf4!? would give more chances for fighting for the initiative; however, Anand put his bishop one square upper.

Gelfand made 24th move and unable to see any ways of strengthening the position offered a draw. 

At the press conference Gelfand noted that except 23...fxe4 he was also considering 23...Bd7, but after 24.Rfc1, in challenger's view, White has a comfortable position. As regards to the final position...

...Gelfand thinks that only those who have too much confidence in the computer evaluations would give the position "Black stands better" evaluation. Anand agreed: "When there are four rooks on the board, in this kind of position, you can't do anything." 


A photo spread from the spot soon on our website. 

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2799"] [BlackElo "2739"] [ECO "D85"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "modern exchange variation"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. Bb5+ Nc6 9. d5 Qa5 10. Rb1 a6 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. O-O Qxa2 13. Rb2 Qa5 14. d6 Ra7 15. Bg5 exd6 16. Qxd6 Rd7 17. Qxc6 Qc7 18. Qxc7 Rxc7 19. Bf4 Rb7 20. Rc2 O-O 21. Bd6 Re8 22. Nd2 f5 23. f3 fxe4 24. Nxe4 Bf5 1/2-1/2 


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