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Vishy Anand Retains World Championship!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 30.05.12 06:20.

World Champion Vishy Anand has retained his title in a tense and exciting tie-break playoff with Boris Gelfand.

The Indian champion missed a winning opportunity in the first game with black, but won the second game of the 4-game tie-break when some excellent preparation drove Gelfand into terrible time-trouble and he lost a drawn ending.

Anand was lucky to survive a cramped position in game three, with the challenger missing the crushing 26. Nxe4, and Anand drew the final game to retain the title.

After the match Anand's immediate reaction was, "I'm too tense to be happy, but I'm really relieved".


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Game 1: A very sharp and tactical game ended with a draw.  Gelfand erred with 19.a4? which allowed 19...Qf3 and it looked like Anand had winning chances, but he seemed surprised by 22.Ra3 after which the advantage swung back to Gelfand.  Despite this, Anand managed to hold for a draw.  A missed opportunity for Anand?

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 1 pic4.jpg

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Game 2: Vishy Anand wins and takes the lead! The opening followed game 10 until Anand varied with 7.d4.  Gelfand was caught in the champion's preparation, and fell behind on the clock as he tried to solve his opening problems.

Anand found the strong move 17.Rg5, obtaining an excellent position, but Gelfand fought hard and achieved great drawing chances. Alas for the Israeli challenger, he was unable to continue to find the best moves as he survived solely on the 10 second increment, and Anand took the lead.

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Game 3: Another exciting draw. Anand varied with 4...Bf5 and Gelfand grabbed a lot of space with 13.c5 and 14.f4.  Anand's pieces became badly unco-ordinated and he sacrificed a pawn to free them and gain some activity.

Once again Gelfand was well behind on the clock and he missed the winning 26. Nxe4 after which Anand eventually achieved a draw.

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Game 4: Vishy Anand draws the game with white and retains his title!

Anand exchanged queens early on to simplify the position at the cost of a slightly better position for his opponent. 

Gelfand didn't need to be asked twice to attack, and threw his pawns forward on both sides of the board.  But the champion had it all under control, and despite Gelfand's desperate efforts, he had to settle for a draw and the end of his challenge.

Anand wins the match on tie-breaks 2½-1½.

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 4.jpg

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A happy Vishy Anand at the press conference...
WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break press conference Vishy Anand.jpg
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...contrasted with the defeated challenger Boris Gelfand
WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-breal press conference Boris Gelfand.jpg
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  • vor 19 Monate

    vedansh567

    go anand go

  • vor 2 Jahre

    IM Maestro-Fermin

    Al final se impuso el carácter de Anand para retener el título mundial!


    International Master
  • vor 2 Jahre

    LousanneB

    Congratulations Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on winning the World Chess Championship for the 5th time!

  • vor 2 Jahre

    tansh99

    I wish i could play like you

  • vor 2 Jahre

    Balachandar

    Actually, Vishwanathan is not his first name, it is his father's name. Tamilians don't have a practice of having a first name and surname, they just have their name and put their father's name's first letter as their initial, like, I'm G. Balachandar and he is V. Anand. 

    And his name's pronounciation is Aa-nundh and not an-aand, which I hear all foreigners pronounce in news reports, etc.

  • vor 2 Jahre

    Skand

    Hello Citizens of Chess World,

    Make an effort to pronounce your World Champion's first name correctly. It is not so difficult. Just break it like Vis-wa-na-thun.

    For correctly pronouncing "th" in "thun", bite the tip of your tongue lightly and push some air out.

    BTW Viswanathan is made of of two words Viswa & Nathan. Very appropriately Viswa means World and Nathan mean Lord or Master in Sanskrit! As a joint word Viswanathan means Lord of the World.

    Skand

  • vor 2 Jahre

    Skand

    Great to see Tamil Nadu, the state in India from where Anand hails, taking a lead in promoting the game at school level. Hopefully other states will follow suit and create a chess playing culture in India at grass root level. I think I will get into the business of selling chess clocks soon :-)

  • vor 2 Jahre

    Balachandar

    Anand Receives Rs.2 Crores From Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu

    Anand Receives Rs.2 Crores From Jayalalithaa

    BY Arvind Aaron

    Anand Receiving Rs.2 Crores from Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu

    The Honourable Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa handed over Rs.2 Crore to World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand at the Fort St George in Chennai on June 6, 2012.

    Anand said, he thanked the Chief Minister for the reception at the airport and for the Rs.2 Crore award. Anand gave the Chief Minister a memento and his wife Aruna Anand offered the Chief Minister flowers.

    "The next world chess champion can emerge from India," said Anand while welcoming to the Tamil Nadu announcement to introduce chess from the ages 7-17 in schools. Speaking to the media, Anand said it was his first meeting with the Chief Minister.

    AICF President J.C.D. Prabhakar and D.V. Sundar, Vice President of FIDE were also seen with Vishy Anand. Prabhakar is a senior member of the ruling AIADMK and is also a sitting MLA from Villivakam, one of the city constituencies.

    A sum of Rs.2,00,00,000 (about $365,000) is the largest award offered to any chess player in the world. Tamil Nadu Government has set a new trend.

    It may be reminded that Tamil Nadu Government made a bid for this Anand v Gelfand match for Rs.20 Crores and despite that, FIDE overlooked it and went for a private bidder.

  • vor 2 Jahre

    wombadom

    Congratulations GM Anand.

  • vor 2 Jahre

    nothing-

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  • vor 2 Jahre

    vikiba

    Many Hearty Congratulations! Vishy...

    All the bes.

  • vor 2 Jahre

    ruSurya

    Congrats Anand !

  • vor 2 Jahre

    diogens

    What do you expect Anand to say? For his taste he would play WCC matches against Gelfand for the next 20 years. At 1.5 milion $ match, who wouldn't? And he will raise a similar amount after losing to Carlsen or Aronian in the next match. Comfortable retirement guaranteed. Much less if he had to share the prize fund with other 7 players.

    Obviously, Anands and Gelfands are the less objective opinions to be laid about the format.

  • vor 2 Jahre

    barlinboys

    Hi want to challenge to you becouse i am a new world Champion

  • vor 2 Jahre

    hassanbahaa

    Congrats Anand!

  • vor 2 Jahre

    chessdoggblack

    My Chess Hero: ANAND! 

  • vor 2 Jahre

    Balachandar

    Anand hits out at Kasparov

    New Delhi: In a rare display of irritation, Viswanathan Anand, who has just won his fifth world title, hit out at chess great Gary Kasparov and other critics for suggesting that he lacked motivation.
    “I think that this is the first time I have played a match where so many people seemed to have negative opinion about my play. And the thing is I do not think I lacked motivation,” Anand said about his clash with Israel’s Boris Gelfand, whom he beat in Moscow on Wednesday to win his fifth world title.
    The 42-year-old Anand said Kasparov “keeps talking about my age” but Gelfand was slightly older at 44. The champion, who is known for his cool temperament, said that he had proved Russian Kasparov wrong. Some years ago, he had described Kasparov as his nemesis after losing matches to him. Not only Kasparov, “there were many people also parroting what he was saying,” Anand said.
    “He (Kasparov) keeps talking about my age but I could just as well say Boris (Gelfand) is even slightly older. I think the problem is all the people who started out assuming that I was the heavy favourite in this match were reluctant to admit that their prognosis was wrong,” Anand said.
    Anand said he never considered himself as the favourite and knew that Gelfand would be a tough opponent. “I never saw myself as a favourite, the thing I knew Gelfand would be a very difficult opponent. And looking at his recent plays I understood that this is how the match would go. And so I never felt I had to answer after every game ‘what was going wrong?’ because nothing was going wrong.”

     

    Published Date:  Jun 02, 2012

  • vor 2 Jahre

    vanhafford

    Nothing like World Championship Chess!  Excellent play by both GM's Anand/Gelfand!  Congratulations to the both of them for their contributions to Chess History!

  • vor 2 Jahre

    wrothgar

    boring....battle of intangibles first to blink dies :)

  • vor 2 Jahre

    Balachandar

    This WC had a few good games like game 12 with positional pawn sacs by both sides, but overall it was not that great. Can't say whether it is due to over computer aided home preparation or not risk taking attitude of the players, but the games weren't that interesting. We can't blame the players for not taking many risks because even one failure could mean the tournament is over as it is so close. But from spectator's point of view, its not very interesting.

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