"...And Looking Forward to the Tie-Break"

Время публикации: 28.05.2012 20:24 | Последнее обновление: 29.10.2014 16:12

The opening of the future and the retro-ending of the 12th game of the World Championship Match       

The 12th game of the World Championship match Anand-Gelfand held in Moscow didn't determine the Champion. Game 12, in mutual opinion, differs from all other short games of the match by its contect.

We offer you Twitter-commentary of the game which could be followed by you on our Twitter page online. Most of them were tweeted by GM Mikhail Golubev, while Evgeny Surov broadcasted form the press center.  

The World Championship Match 2012 (Game 12)
Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5

The last game has started. There's again Rossolimo Variation 3.Bb5 in Sicilian. It was used by Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov.

3...e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.d3 Ne7 6.b3
Anand deviated from his previous White game, avoided the variation 5.b3 e5 via move order 5.d3 Ne7 6.b3. We're waiting for complex struggle.
Of course, early d2-d3 limits White's future options. In the variation 5.b3 Ne7 White doesn't have to put pawn on d3, especially not quickly.
The 10th Champion played like this: Spassky-Gulko, Linares '90 continued 6.b3 Ng6 7.Bb2 f6 8.e5 Be7 9.Nbd2 O-O 10.O-O, a well known varation.
At the same time, move 6.b3 is rare in this position precisely. Gelfand isn't sure what to do, thinking. Is it some miss in the preparation?
Instead of 6.b3 Anand played Nbd2 against Christiansen, Lin'93 and Qe2 with Grischuk, Radjabov in '00s, like Ponomariov against Vishy in Lin'03.

Gelfand, after a long think following b3, played 6...d6 (instead of usual 6...Ng6), it's almost a novelty. He's not afraid of early e4-e5.
7.e5 Ng6 8.h4

7.e5, and on 7...Ng6 8.h4 played quickly by Anand. "Original play", Kramnik. Anand's almost certainly following the preparation. Sacrificed pawn.
Kramnik "Giving up pawn for compensation is always possible for White in positions like this". As said earlier, he would've preferred 3...g6.
8...Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Nd2

Gelfand took 8...Nxe5, 9..dxe5. On 10.Bb2 Kramnik noted c4, but Anand preferred 10.Nd2, not afraid of Qd4. Bishop goes to a3?
White can slowly win the c5-pawn, a very typical idea. He hopes that he'd be better later due to Black's passive white-squared bishop.
Gelfand again has a bishop pair advantage in this match, and a pawn. But Black's pawns limit the bishops and the c5 pawn is barely alive.
Karjakin, especially for Chess-News, "At last, Anand's team managed to surprise Gelfand".
Karjakin "The position is very interesting, but it can't be said that White has big advantage. Black can always give pawn back in a suitable way."
Coach V.Chebanenko, who died early, could've been happy with the opening repertoire: almost all Moldavian GMs use his developments in Bb5 system.
Cutting off c5 pawn is one of the fundamental ideas of plan with 3.Bb5 and, after various Black's moves, early exchange on c6.
The idea of sacrifice is that structure with Black's pawns e6+e5 (extra pawn for Black) maybe better for White than position with one "e" paw.
After Nd2 Gelfand's having a long think: it's necessary to find hidden prospects of future counterplay & activation of white-squared bishop.
Gelfand is still thinking after 10.Nd2; his playing situation can be called unpleasant. (There's no precedent to sacrifice 8.h4 in the database).

Svidler explained on the official site that White's play is simpler. And now Gelfand played 10...c4. Smirin and Svidler don't like that decision.
Svidler about c4 "The decision didn't suggest itself". Smirin "It doesn't come to mind". But it's early to talk about White's big advantage -M.G.
Svidler about 10...c4, "This decision by Gelfand shows why Anand's practical decision to go for this position was so excellent".
An open shoulder in the press-centre. PHOTO:
Smirin "It's clear Anand's very surprised". Svidler "Perhaps, Black's idea is purely strategic: play ...f6, then ...c6-c5 clearing diagonal"
Dazzling Alina Kashlinskaya. PHOTO 
After 11.Nxc4, Ba6 is possible with idea to exchange the white knight, then Black's unlikely to be much worse. On f6 there's weakening check from h5.
After 10...c4 Anand's having long think. The preparation has seemingly ended. But as Svidler said, it's illogical not to take with knight after Nd2.
After 11 Nxc4 Ba6 interesting variation 12 Qf3 Qd5, Black wants to sacrifice pawn! 13 Qxd5 (13 Qg3 Bxc4!? и Qa5+) cxd5 14 Nxe5 f6 15 Nf3 e5!
Dvoretsky, "It can't be excluded that one of the aims of move 10...с4 is to end Anand's preparation. His computer probably didn't show this."
Anand took with knight on с4 after a long think. Kramnik's looking at 11...Bb4+ 12 Bd2 Bxd2+ 13 Qxd2 & "maybe Ba6. Gelfand's idea are interesting".

Assessment of the position after 11 Nxc4: small, not necessarily significant advantage for White. Gelfand had choice, played 11...Ba6!? anyway.
There are many ways. Kramnik notes "strange move" Bd2, not allowing Black to exchange all minor pieces. Asks ten Geuzendam what he would do.
Houdini suggests 12 h5 for White and then exchange all minor pieces. It's unlikely Black has dangers there. There's culture on official site.
12.Qf3 Qd5

12 Qf3 Qd5! has been played, which was mentioned by me here (MG), and noted by Kramnik. If White wins pawn, then f6!, e5! with the compensation.
Anand can go for the endgame; he normally isn't afraid of this kind of positions but, of course, question is whether there's any chance to win.
13.Qxd5 cxd5 14.Nxe5 f6

13 Qxd5 cxd5 14 Nxe5 f6 has been played, waiting for 15 Nf3 e5!. For Gelfand, the worst is behind him.
Instead of Kramnik's and Svidler's assessment of the endgame, the official site broadcasts the cultural programmes. This part of the generally good coverage of the match perplexes. 
So, we can evaluate the endgame without Kramnik's and Svidler's participation as acceptable for Black and it doesn't 
necessarily stand worse in any way.  
A bishop pair advantage (with queens exchanged) and the pawns centre - it doesn't get lost. Anand can make a mistake and be worse himself.
But it's unlikely Anand would make mistake. The game is the most interesting in the match opening-wise, position after 6...d6 is new, let alone after h4.
15.Nf3 e5 16.O-O Kf7

15 Nf3 e5! 16 0-0 (it's not necessarily most precise) 16...Кf7 was played. Kramnik (and not only him) is surprised. Anand is going to the endgame.

Kramnik, "Black is definitely not worse, he has easy play". He repeats his surprise about Anand's decision (17 с4 was played, hard to avoid it).
Houdini shows tiny plus for White. If this position was played by weaker players, Black's win would've been more likely than otherwise.

17...Be7 Kramnik, "White should think about a way to draw before it's too late. Gelfand could think of declining a draw if offered".
8 Be3!? was played by Anand. White's risk is hypothetical at the moment, but it's easier for him to make mistake in this type of positions.

18...Bb7!?. Kramnik, "In Anand's place, I would have pushed d4 and made a draw now. Black would have to make many mistakes to lose this."
Although the move 19.d4 right now is a bit panicky; Anand is unlikely to play that now. 19...dxc4! is a bit better for Black. (MG)
Svidler, "Vishy realised that here an extra pawn doesn't have the same meaning as it normally has, and the play is very responsible right now".
19.cxd5 Bxd5 20.Rfc1

19 cxd5 was played. "Really, it's admission that he doesn't consider position particularly promising", Svidler. 19...Bxd5 20 Rfc1 Draw soon?
20...a5 21.Bc5

Gelfand chose 20...a5, not afraid of the rook's invasion to c7. Svidler has 21.Bc5 as the top line. And Anand played that.
Anand's exchanging the black-squared bishop. Black exchanges Bxf3 in variations, White's pawns would be weak. Svidler "Important decision to be made."
Smirin, "White has minimal winning chances". (Perhaps, Black should've developed h8 rook earlier). Kramnik, "A difficult moment for Gelfand."
Houdini suggests to go for the double-rook endgame: exchange on f3 and с5, and play Rhd8!. It's sharp at a first glance and not too safe.
Gelfand didn't go for double-rook endgame, played 21...Rhd8. Anand can exchange on e7 and play Nd2 with some "plus", playing without a risk.
Smirin and Svidler managed to discuss the double-rook endgame during adverts. "It's objectively drawn", concluded Svidler.

22 Bxe7 DRAW. It's strange!
Anand-Gelfand 1/2 Svidler, "It's a bit unexpected". Smirin, "But the position is objectively a draw". Is the rapid draw being held now?
Ten Geuzendam, "Shocked". Kramnik, "I don't see any reason for White to offer draw". Last tie-break in the match for the crown was in Elista '06
In the match Anand-Gelfand, 10 out of 12 main games ended as draws, 6-6; tie-break will decide all. We'll try to quote the press conference.

Gelfand, " ...there was an excellent move h4, then Nd2, and I understood that Black's task isn't easy."
Gelfand, "I thought for long time [after 10 Nd2], and I understood that I had to activate bishops at any price. It could be too late a move later."
Anand (answering a question): "To play on time, there have to be some pieces left on the board."
Gelfand, "I'm here to play chess, not to assess my chances."
Gelfand about the rapid score "I don't do stats, I play chess" In Odessa '07 Boris remembered he won rapid against Shirov for the first time. MG
Gelfand "I'm playing the match, not entertaining spectators". According to Boris, there are many commentators who can explain the draw agreement, etc.
Anand, "We really had a tense struggle and agreed to a draw only when we understood that the game wasn't going anywhere."

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.28"] [Round "12"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2799"] [BlackElo "2739"] [PlyCount "43"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. d3 Ne7 6. b3 d6 7. e5 Ng6 8. h4 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. Nd2 c4 11. Nxc4 Ba6 12. Qf3 Qd5 13. Qxd5 cxd5 14. Nxe5 f6 15. Nf3 e5 16. O-O Kf7 17. c4 Be7 18. Be3 Bb7 19. cxd5 Bxd5 20. Rfc1 a5 21. Bc5 Rhd8 22. Bxe7 1/2-1/2 

The tie-break will be held on May 30th at 12:00 MSK Time. 


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