The Letter "T" Formation

Время публикации: 15.05.2012 21:59 | Последнее обновление: 28.05.2012 04:31

The score is 2-2 in the match Anand - Gelfand

The fourth game of the World Championship match held in the Tretyakov Gallery between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand ended as a draw, same as the first three games. In contrast to the previous tense game, there were no breathtaking events today. Gelfand achieved a small advantage and Anand earned half a point without much trouble.

GELFAND - ANAND (Game 4)
The Slav Defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 a6 6.b3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.Bd3 O-O 9.O-O Bd6

10.Qc2
Gelfand played the rarer move 10.Rc1 in the second game.
10...e5 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.e4 exd4 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.exd5 Nf6

In the very recent game Kaidanov - Hess at the U.S. Championship (briefly annotated on our site) there was 15.Rae1 Bg4!.
15.h3 Bd7 16.Rad1 Re8!
It's possible that Black's last move is a novelty. 16...Rс8 has been played before.
17.Nxd4 Rc8 18.Qb1

The Israeli grandmaster noted that the position with the "d" file crowded by the pieces and the rooks standing on both sides, in the form of the letter "T", "makes a big aesthetic impression"; "this rarely happens". Anand's opinion about the situation on the board was a bit different: "reasonably common", the champion said, but added, "it was nice to get it anyway". The organisers' representative of the press team Anastazia Karlovich noted, "for the first time in the history of the Tretyakov Gallery, a picture was created on a board".
18...h6!
After this precise move Gelfand couldn't find anything stronger than to exchange the opponent's white-squared bishop and return the d5 pawn to him. Boris explained at the press conference that, although he managed to obtain a minimal advantage due to the bishop pair, the coordination of his pieces wasn't ideal (later the Candidate added that re-routing of the bishop to f3 happened too late); despite that Black had to make accurate moves until the end of the game. Anand confirmed that he had to be very precise.
19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.Bxf5 Rc5 21.Rfe1 Rxd5 22.Bc3 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 Bc5

Now, after capturing on f6 with the bishop, Black is forced to recapture with the pawn (taking with the queen allows the checkmate in three). But Black's pieces are active; the Indian clearly wasn't afraid of this.
24.Qc2 Bd4
Anand indicated during the press conference that, possibly, 24...Qb6 was more accurate.
25.Bxd4 Rxd4 26.Qc8 g6! 27.Bg4!

Now it's not possible to take the bishop due to the check on e8 with the rook; therefore White keeps a small advantage in the endgame. However, the opinions of a number of experts that real problems could await Black were not confirmed.
27...h5 28.Qxd8+ Rxd8 29.Bf3 b6 30.Rc1 Rd6 31.Kf1 a5 32.Ke2 Nd5 33.g3 Ne7 34.Be4 Kg7

1/2-1/2
Gelfand didn't see ways to fight for a win in the final position. According to his expression, "it's not even possible to threaten to have a threat".

16 May is the free day in the match.

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.15"] [Round "4"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2739"] [BlackElo "2799"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nbd7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Bd6 10. Qc2 e5 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. e4 exd4 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. exd5 Nf6 15. h3 Bd7 16. Rad1 Re8 17. Nxd4 Rc8 18. Qb1 h6 19. Nf5 Bxf5 20. Bxf5 Rc5 21. Rfe1 Rxd5 22. Bc3 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Bc5 24. Qc2 Bd4 25. Bxd4 Rxd4 26. Qc8 g6 27. Bg4 h5 28. Qxd8+ Rxd8 29. Bf3 b6 30. Rc1 Rd6 31. Kf1 a5 32. Ke2 Nd5 33. g3 Ne7 34. Be4 Kg7 1/2-1/2 

Our version of the unofficial hymn of the match was played during the game, live on the Chess-News radio. 

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