Seventeen Moments of Spring

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A dramatic mistake by Gelfand led to a record-quick defeat. The score is even

Viswanathan Anand's win over Boris Gelfand, which happened in today's game 8, was the shortest among decisive games in the whole history of the classical World Championship matches. Today's developments were covered on the Chess-News Twitter page.

The World Championship Match 2012 (Game 8)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 c5


Anand started with 1.d4. It's again "Anti-Grunfeld" with 3.f3. Gelfand chose 3...c5. The King's Indian or the Modern Benoni can happen. This was discussed at Chess-News.

4...d6 5.e4 Bg7 6.Ne2 O-O

In case of transposition to Modern Benoni with ...e6, ...exd5, cxd5, the resulting positions would be tense, where even White can't play without a risk.


7.Nec3!?. Anand didn't want to go into the main variations of the Modern Benoni Defence, where Gelfand has a substantial experience.

A development of precisely the e2 knight to c3 may appear strange. But in the usual variations the knight often goes to g3, where Black attacks it with h5-h4.

In the game Sadler - Tkachiev, 1999 White was a bit better after 7...e6 8.Be3 Na6 9.Be2 Nc7 10.a4 Nfe8 11.Qd2 f5.


Gelfand chose 7...Nh5!? (provoking 8.g4!?, which may turn out to be dangerous for White in the future).


On the official site, Svidler and Smirin discussed for a long time that Anand doesn't appear confident throughout the whole match. Meanwhile, 8.Bg5!? has been played.

Svidler, "8.Bg5 is the second most principled move; at least it forces Black to solve some specific problems".

Before the break for cultural adverts, Smirin and Svidler remembered the famous game Beliavsky - Nunn from another variation of the King's Indian Defence.


Gelfand has played 8...Bf6. In this situation, that's not the most trivial way to escape from the pin of the e7 pawn, by far. The move is a bit suspect.

9.Bxf6 exf6

On 9.Bxf6 (not the only move), Gelfand has taken with the pawn 9...exf6!. In case of Nxf6?!, Black would have been permanently worse due to the weaknesses on the kingside.

It's not so crowded in the press centre and the playing hall today: it's Monday.

Svidler watched his favourite cricket in the press centre, but then he was distracted by chess: he had to commentate. Grischuk arrived.

Gunina arrived and now chatting to Mirzoeva. Tanned Motylev is also hanging around somewhere here. Yuri Averbakh is watching the position in the game, fully consumed by it.


Since the position isn't typical, it's hard to assess it. White definitely doesn't have a big advantage; he's unlikely to be able to play without a risk.


10...f5!. That's a perfectly natural response: White threatened with g4 and, in general, there was no reason to delay f6-f5.


Now Black has an important choice to make. After 11...Bxf5 12.g4!?, he would have to take on b1 (straight away or after giving a check first); it's not necessarily the best move.


Gelfand has played 11...Bxf5 anyway. In the variation 12.g4 Re8+, it's possible that White should play 13.Kd1.

Ian Nepomniachtchi's press conference is starting.

Nepomniachtchi said about yesterday's game, "Anand played bleakly; it wasn't his best chess. Gelfand applied an interesting strategic plan".

Smirin, "If Anand didn't play g4 earlier, in a much more favourable situation..." Svidler, "It would be highly strange not to play g4 now".


It's been played. The program Houdini now suggests 12...Bxb1 13.Rxb1 Ng7, strangely enough.

Positioning the knight on g7 is always strategically risky (almost in any opening) when the pawn is on g4: there is a chance that it would not get out of there until the end of the game.

Nepomniachtchi, "There isn't the Queen's Gambit in this match because the teams want to make each other's preparation void".

Nepomniachtchi, "Cuba is a wonderful country, but there is a deficit of the Internet. It was hard to follow the match Anand - Gelfand".

A computer/centaur blitz game with the move 7...Nh5 has been found, from 2008: 8.g4 Nf6 9.Be3 Na6 10.Nd2 and so on 0-1/119. Apart from that, the variation is new.

The online commentary by Svidler and Smirin mentioned Leko's high opinion of the move 7.Nec3. Gelfand is still thinking after 12.g4.

In case of 12...Qh4+, White probably shouldn't go for the variation 13.Qf2+?! Re8+ 14.Be2 Qg5! (the check from c1 is threatened) 15.Nd2 Nf4!.

However, there is also 13.Kd1. Svidler said about the position after 12.g4, "If Boris doesn't find some stunning reply, White would have the initiative".


12..Re8+ has been played. 13.Kd1! is probably the safest move for White. But in case of 13.Kf2(?), there is 13...Nd7!!. May be 13.Be2 isn't bad.

13.Kd1 Bxb1 14.Rxb1

13.Kd1 has been played. (It was mentioned here 28 minutes ago). There was an exchange on b1.

The official site is showing another advertisement session on the history of art. For now, we'd like to note that Gelfand's situation isn't strategically safe.

The Israelis prepared for the match. They've released a colourful booklet about Gelfand and now giving out chocolate, sweets and badges with symbols of their federation. Prior to that they gave us a mug and a flash drive. Come on Boris, fight!

Putting the knight on g7 is undesirable due to the reasons mentioned earlier, but it doesn't want to be on f6 either. And if 14...Qf6, then 15.gxh5 Qxf3+ 16.Kc2 Qxh1 17.Qf2!!

Gelfand can't go for this variation because, after 17.Qf2, there is a threat of Bd3, trapping the queen, and it's definitely bad for Black.


However, Gelfand has played 14...Qf6? This decision is a suicide. Perhaps, he wants to give up his knight 17...Nc6 at the end of the variation, but that doesn't help much.

This is almost the climax of the game, but the official live transmission is showing Shishkin, art and a lecture - top marks to the producer.

15.gxh5 Qxf3+ 16.Kc2 Qxh1 17.Qf2

17.Qf2! has been played. Gelfand is losing. 17...Nc6 delays the result a bit, but the outcome is probably clear.

The official site is still showing Shishkin. But the match score is now 4-4.

Smirin and Svidler have returned after a lengthy break for adverts, but the game has almost finished by then. GELFAND HAS RESIGNED.

Gelfand's position was worse, but if he didn't play 14..Qf6?, then it would have been a long fight. We have witnessed a drama.

The commentator of the official site Peter Svidler said, "I'm in shock... I'm looking at the position after Qf2 and don't believe that the game finished this way".

Gelfand explained to the press that he missed Qf2! (Anand saw this), but the whole concept was risky: the position would have been difficult after the knight's retreat.

Gelfand said about the opening, "It's hard to assess whether Bg5 or g4 is better". And about the end, "Unfortunately, I miscalculated one of the key variations".

Gelfand, "I slept very well". Boris also said that creators of computer programs are harming chess, "It's not possible to stop them".


The Chief Editor of Chess-News Evgeny Surov is asking a question at the press conference after the game 8. (The screenshot is from the official live transmission).

Today's opening can be called the King's Indian and the Benoni Defence. In any case, the variation is rare, like everything without Nb1-c3 on this topic.

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2799"] [BlackElo "2739"] [PlyCount "33"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. e4 Bg7 6. Ne2 O-O 7. Nec3 Nh5 8. Bg5 Bf6 9. Bxf6 exf6 10. Qd2 f5 11. exf5 Bxf5 12. g4 Re8+ 13. Kd1 Bxb1 14. Rxb1 Qf6 15. gxh5 Qxf3+ 16. Kc2 Qxh1 17. Qf2 1-0 

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