In a Shocking and Unprecedented Way?

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The World Championship Match is close to its end  

Boris Gelfand called the interest towards the World Championship Match that is held in the Tretyakov Gallery unprecedented, while the number of the Internet-audience "shockingly large". Viswanathan Anand has also hinted that the match is very interesting for him. All this was said at the press conference of the participants of the match after Game 11. 

The Tretyakov Gallery was full today due to the closeness of the end of the match; at the same time the most attentive spectators understood that they need to come to the very start of the event, otherwise it might be too late. This time Gelfand and Anand agreed to finish the game peacefully on move 24. The game was commentated live on Chess-News radio by Evgeny Romanov, Daniil Dubov and Ruslan Ponomariov. We also informed you about the game through our Twitter page

The World Championship Match 2012 (Game 11)

Nimzo-Indian Defence

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4

11th game Gelfand - Anand has started. It's the Nimzo-Indian Defence again. 

4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bd7

Anand deviated on the 8th move compared to the last game with black. He chose a not very frequent developing move 8...Bd7.

The correspondent reported that people are standing in corridors. It's the full house today.

Bronstein invented the variation 8...Bd7 (he played it against Petrosian in 1957). Many players used this move later; Korchnoi many times.

These days this variation rarely occurs not just on the elite but even on the grandmaster level. Gelfand is still thinking.

The most frequent here is 9.Qe2 Bc6 10.Rd1 Qe7, and now 11.Ne5 Rd8 or 11.a3 Ba5 12.Bd2. Play is a bit specific.

Picture from playing hall: Gelfand, it seems, is recalling his whole life. Possibly, he hasn't paid attention to this variation for a while.

Del Rio - Georgiev, 2010: 9.Qe2 Bc6 10.Rd1 Nbd7 11.d5 exd5 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Qc7 14.Bxc6 Qxc6 15.Bd2, White's a bit better.

Daniil Dubov is live on Chess-News, "The match is interesting, but I honestly expected higher quality of play".

For game Del Rio-K.Georgiev. Instead of 15.Bd2 with small '+' there was 15.a3 against Korchnoi, on Ba5 Beliavsky played 16.b4.


Boris Gelfand thought for about 40 minutes and chose 9.a3, a bit less popular than the move Qe2.

9...Ba5 10.Qe2 Bc6 11.Rd1 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nbd7

9...Ba5 10.Qe2 Bc6 11.Rd1 Bxc3 (a novelty by Anand? White's choice is now limited) 12.bxc3 Nbd7. "The position is interesting", Dubov.

(12...Nbd7) Dubov, "It's not clear how White would arrange e4. Honestly, I think that Gelfand didn't get anything out of the opening".


13.Bd3 was played. Romanov called it obvious live on CN. Idea is clear: e3-e4... Romanov, "Exchanges are in Black's favour".

The grandmaster Romanov, "All tournaments, which Gelfand played before the match, were normal training".


Romanov, "If it's going to be a draw today, it's very possible that the same result would happen in the last game". 13...Qa5!? was played.

After 13...Qa5 the strongest move is probably 14.e4!?, not being afraid of ...Qxc3. Although it's not straightforward after pawn's capture.

There is also a bit less principled but important alternative 14.c4. Gelfand has a difficult choice! On 14.c4 it's necessary to look at Be4.

The grandmaster Dubov, "I haven't calculated variations, but Qxc3 after 14.e4 shouldn't be good". He's looking at 14.e4 с4!?... "not clear".


Gelfand chose the more reliable and, on a surface of it, calm 14.c4. (Interesting, why did he refuse 14.e4!?).


Houdini promises a small plus for White (+0.2 pawns) after 14.a4. Anand had a choice, it was hard to predict this move. He played 14...cxd4

Does Anand really want to move the queen to h5, exchange on f3 and play with knights against bishops again?

Evgeny Romanov about 14.c4, "That's as typical as moving the 'e' pawn".

Romanov was moved away by the security and lost an ability to commentate.

Boris Gelfand's mum (attending the match) is live on CN radio. Lives in USA, normally communicates via Skype with the son. Grandmother is 98

"When he was 10, we realised that chess will be his life". Parents didn't really want it, but decided to help. The father always believed.

15.exd4 Qh5 16.Bf4 Rac8

"All who could support Boris arrived here". Meanwhile, 15...Qh5 16.Bf4 Rac8 was played. Black is a bit worse, but bearable.

The interview with Gelfand's mum, who hasn't been in Moscow for two decades and arrived here from USA, is over. Soon Ponomariov on CN radio

A famous photographer, the organizer of the exhibition Boris Dolmatovski is on the air of CN radio right now.

After 16...Rac8 Gelfand is back to his deep thinking mode. Maybe he thinks over the move Nd2!?.


Gelfand chose 17.Ne5 - one of the possible moves which avoids complications and doesn't raise any problems.

17...Qxe2 18.Bxe2 Nxe5 19.Bxe5

19.Bxe5. Black's light pieces stand solidly. White's advantage (of two bishops) is microscopic.


19...Rfd8!?. Black brought up the rook postponing moving the knight. The interview with Dolmatovski is over. Ponomariov will join us after the musical pause.


Gelfand made a sweeping move 20.a4, but now Black's knight can occupy e4-square and have a considerable counterplay.

After 20...Ne4 21.Ra3 there's an idea of 21...f6, with further Bxa4. Ponomariov told about how he has lived in Moscow for half a year. Now he's again is small Kiev.

Ponomariov: Gelfand made a good preparation. He even plays a bit dry sometimes. <...> In general I like his play.

Smirin and Jakovenko are considering one of the reasonable moves Bf1!? after 20...Ne4. Jakovenko: "a4 wasn't obligatory move".(The official web page).


Anand decided to play 20...Ne4. (Here is also Bg4). Ponomariov: "maybe talks about two bishops are gradually fading"; Rd3!?


Ponomariov made a right guess of Boris's decision:21.Rd3!? is played. 21...f6!? suggests itself, bishop should move to f4. White holds equality.

Ponomariov: Putin likes powerful sports more than chess. Surov: Yeah, the strong-arm tactics <...> Ruslan expected more from Anand.

21...f6 22.Bf4

21...а6 22.Bf4 is played. It's doubtful whether Black has an effective attack here (after the rival's a4?!)

Ponomariov on Game 10: "Anand played a3... I'm thinking - why the draw? The rook can attack with possible complications, but then I started to understand."


Anand played 22...Be8!? - Houdini thinks that's not the best choice, but it raises a concrete question for White. c4 is in danger, the bishop can occupy g6.

A principle choice for Gelfand: should he play 23.c5, which can be strategically dangerous, or he has to seek for other options?

For example, in the case of 23.Rc1 Black takes on a4. Gelfand has less time and in general, it's more likely that Anand plays here for a win.


23.Rb3!? is played - with the idea of playing Be3! if taking ...Rxd4. Gelfand's decision can be quite good.

Ponomariov: Gelfand has a strong preparation, he works a lot and that enables him to be on top for a long period of time.

23...Rxd4 24.Be3 Rd7

(Ponomariov predicts a draw). Anand chose 24...Rd7, which is more logical than 24...Nc5 25.Rxb7!. Now White should beat on a7.


Ponomariov (remembering the European Championship): Just imagine, the arbiter comes and registers 0 for both - Anand and Gelfand...


Gelfand: the critical moment in the game was after move 16. If I'd manage to put the pawns on a5 and f3 - I'd have a huge advantage. 17.a4!?

Anand: on 14.e4 "A very reasonable move" was c4, and if Bc2 - Qxc3. [Houdini is not sure that Black stands that better: Rb1 CN]

Boris asks to stay respectful and stop talking all together.Black continually attacked the pawns,so he didn't manage to build the position.

Gelfand: The matches are played after a long break. They weren't played at all, so it's not that important if they consist of 12, 14, or 16 games.

Anand: Everything is interesting for me, and you decide for yourselves. Gelfand: The interest towards the match is shocking and unprecedented.

Anand is glad there's a free day before G.12, preparing two colors is not needed... He played blitz before the match - just for a practice.

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.26"] [Round "11"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E54"] [WhiteElo "2739"] [BlackElo "2799"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd7 9. a3 Ba5 10. Qe2 Bc6 11. Rd1 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Nbd7 13. Bd3 Qa5 14. c4 cxd4 15. exd4 Qh5 16. Bf4 Rac8 17. Ne5 Qxe2 18. Bxe2 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 Rfd8 20. a4 Ne4 21. Rd3 f6 22. Bf4 Be8 23. Rb3 Rxd4 24. Be3 Rd7 1/2-1/2


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