Anand v Gelfand 2012

It should be an exciting time in the chess world at the moment as we are in the middle of a World Chess Championship match between Anand (champion) and Gelfand (challenger).   The match being played in Moscow with games starting at about 9pm E.S.T. here in Australia.  I’ve watched most of the games live at but to-date we have had 5 relatively boring draws.   Not quite as exciting as Spassky v Fischer 1972 but there are still 7 games left to provide some entertainment.

The best part of the live games is that they have a top grandmaster commenting live on the action.  GMs such as Nigel Short and Jan Timman do the commentary, who themselves have been very close to the top of the chess tree, and it’s great to see what they talk about and how they think.

Game 4 was almost interesting and it looked like we may get some tactics, but as compensation we had a very unusual sight of all 8 squares on the “d” file being occupied by pieces, like a tower of pieces stacked on top of each other.  I enjoyed game 5 also as Gelfand played my favourite Pelikan variation of the Sicilian Defence, an opening that our junior training squad is studying at the moment.

I guess the defending champion, Anand, now being in his 40’s has become a solid player, but I’m sure he still has a good eye for tactics.  Take a look at the following example from Anand v Gerber 1988:

[fen caption=”White to play and win”]3k4/5pb1/2P5/pN5P/1p6/1P3p2/1P6/4K3 w – – 0 1[/fen]


Anand found a pretty way to win with 1.c7 Kd7 2.Nd6! Kxc7 3.Ne8+ winning the B and the game.

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