Monday, May 21, 2012

Anand - Gelfand game 8 LIVE!

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1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. e4 Bg7 6. Ne2 O-O Another opening surprise.

The idea for white is to play for the center. The logical idea is to swing the knight from e2 to c3 and the other one to d2. Black on the other hand will try to break up the monopoly in the center with e6.

7. Nec3 Interestingly, both players are spending time early on, unlike in some previous games.

7...Nh5 With this move, black can potentially play e5 and eventually f5.

It seems that Gelfand's team is doing a great job mixing things up to surprise Anand. It can serve as a boost for Gelfand's confidence. On the other hand, never count out Anand. He is one of the biggest chess talents in chess history. He won't give up this match without a big fight.

8. Bg5 A logical move to prevent e5, perhaps to provoke black to play h6 to chase the bishop away.

8...Bf6 An interesting idea, but I am not sure if it ideal.

9. Bxf6 exf6 Another surprise. Gelfand played it immediately with the idea of f5 coming up. GM Robert Fontaine: "Leko, Svidler & Nepo are pretty septical on 9.Bxf6...Looks already fine for black."

10. Qd2 Another interesting choice by Anand. It is not ideal to me. Gelfand plays the King's Indian for a long time. He is in his element now.

10...f5 11. exf5 They won't play this because it's crazy but worth taking a look: 11...Re8+ 12. Kf2 Bxf5 13. g4 Qh4+ 14. Kg1 Re1 15. Qf2 Qe7

11...Bxf5 This is now possible 12. g4 Qh4+ 13. Kd1 Bxb1 14. Rxb1 Nf6

12. g4 Anand has no choice but to play aggressively.

12...Re8+ 13. Kd1 Bxb1 14. Rxb1 Gelfand is thinking. He has to be careful as the position is very complicated.

14...Qf6 This is a blunder as his Queen will be trapped.

15. gxh5 Qxf3+ 16. Kc2 Qxh1 Gelfand clearly missed 17. Qf2 trapping his Queen. Gelfand now must sacrifice his Knight with 17...Nc6. But this is also losing.

17. Qf2 Gelfand in serious trouble now.

Unfortunately, Gelfand resigns as he may miss Nc6. Wow! Premature resignation. This is crazy!


Anonymous said...

Vishy seems to be decently fit today.
Yesterday his play was awful.

Venky [ India - Chennai ] said...

Hi Susan polgar,

Well,nice game.

Both legends are equal in score now,both had interesting idea.

"Anand" plays is natural game - good.

Venky [ India - Chennai ]

Unsui said...

Although its a great comeback from the defending champion, the overall quality of chess in this title match is scratchy. Garry Kasparov was right on money in his evaluation of this match

Unsui said...

Great comeback by the defending champion. However I agree with Garry Kasparov, about the overall quality of chess in the this world title match. It been very scratchy and not many great ideas for the masters, and brilliancy games for chess lovers

Uriel Gurdián said...

Well, so Anand has tie the match again, I like those 2 last games. From now on the player have to go for the win.

Anonymous said...

Please write more comments, Ms. Polgar. Your details are what we look forward to in India.

Anonymous said...

We don't see from either player world class performance.
The system used to determine the world champion ought to be changed.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I fail to see how Nc6 would have helped Gelfand.
17...Nc6 18. Be2 and the black queen is lost said...

Ms Polgar - can you comment on the psychology of loosing a game in the middle of a short championship match and coming back or from a Gelfond's stand-point what it is like to know you are up a point and now youmust aim to hold-on for another five games?

Did Gelfond get into a defensive mindset too soon? Or is it that Anand was trying to take him out of his preparation since the last game and succeeded here?

Anonymous said...

>Sorry, but I fail to see how Nc6 would have helped Gelfand.
>17...Nc6 18. Be2 and the black queen is lost

Not Quite. Try 18...Rxe2. If White takes the root with the Knight, it frees the e4 square for the black queen. If White takes with the queen, Nd4+ forks the king and queen.


Anonymous said...

It is sad that the 'preparation' has become so important, being taken out of prepared lines makes even a world championship player panic and lose in 17 moves.

Whatever happened to over the board calculation? Isn't what chess was all about?

Magnan said...

Why not at least TRY NC6. This match is pretty low class. I am very sorry about it .

Anonymous said...

This is not a premature resign....the final position is totally lost and Nc6 is not helping as the resulting position is totally lost especially against Anand.

Anonymous said...

"Sorry, but I fail to see how Nc6 would have helped Gelfand.
17...Nc6 18. Be2 and the black queen is lost"

18. Be2 Nd4+ 19. Kd3 (or Kd2) Rxe2 and Black keeps the advantage.

White has to take the Knight: 18. xc6 Qxc6. White is clearly better, but the fight is not over yet.

Maha said...

I can't see how Nc6 saves the queen. Am I missing something?

harsha said...

what happens when someone blunders against Anand...they resign....legend attacker...proud of this Indian beast who attacks and defends like a great warrior!

Anonymous said...

Hey 'Unsui' - are you a chess master?. Otherwise who are you to make derogatory comments about the play of two chess geniuses?

Morphy fan said...

Now this is beginning to resemble real chess at last! Especially on Anand's part... Hahaha!

Anonymous said...

Well in this last match, it seems to me that both players played a very amateur game of chess. Especially Gelfand. All it takes is seeing a few moves ahead to see Anand's plan to trap his queen, and he didn't see it??! Maybe it's a conspiracy. Maybe they agreed to play a certain way to give the audience a show, and in the end they'll split the money. Brilliant!

shehbaz said...

yes nc6 would be a good move anand had to take knight otherwise "Nd4 check then Kc3 then Qf3 check".........
superb luck for anand....
bad luck to opponent.....