They Won't Fall After the Finish

Время публикации: 24.05.2012 23:32 | Последнее обновление: 28.09.2012 22:45

Anand and Gelfand kept the balance in the match

For a short time today, one of the guests of the World Championship Match was the famous footballer and coach Anatoliy Byshovets. However, he didn't go any further than the VIP room. The book Not Falling After the Finish by the specialist, which was released in 2009, was controversial in the football world. There were also enough negative opinions about the current match Anand - Gelfand, especially after the end of today's game. The participants of the match are not in danger of "falling after the finish". It's interesting that a million, which was offered by the club Fiorentina for Byshovets (as Vladimir Vysotsky wrote some time ago), is approximately equal to the sum of money (in dollars) that would go to the loser in this cultural chess opposition. 

The tenth game, where Anand was White, was an equal struggle and ended as a draw. Boris Gelfand demonstrated a rare opening idea already on the move five, which the Indian wasn't able to put in doubt. The score is even before the last two classical games, which will be held on 26 and 28 of May. 

The encounter was commentated in detail on the Chess-News Twitter page. The guests of our radio during the game were the grandmasters Emil Sutovsky and Dmitry Kryakvin.

The World Championship Match 2012 (Game 10)

The Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5

The tenth game has started. Anand is White. The 3.Bb5 Sicilian, usually called the Rossolimo variation outside Russia.  

3...e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.b3

5.b3!? is quite an important variation, although not the most mainstream one. Gelfand played that with White in 2003 against Lautier.

5...e5 6.Nxe5

5...e5 has been played (Lautier continued 5...f6). Anand took the pawn: he's trying to show that he's ready for this. There are no other games on this topic apart from Shaposhnikov - Bocharov, 2001..

6...Qe7 7.Bb2 d6 8.Nc4 d5

In the game Shaposhnikov - Bocharov after 5...e5 (the rarest move) 6. Nxe5 Qe7 7. Bb2 there was 7... d6 8.Nc4 Qxe4+ 9. Ne3 Nf6 10. Bxf6.

(Two knights are stronger than two bishops in this variation). Gelfand avoided this with the move 8...d5!; this could even be a novelty.

8.Ng4 could have been followed up with 8...f5!.

9.Ne3 d4

After 9.Ne5 f6 10.Nxc6 Qxe4+ Black could have been better. Anand went for 9.Ne3 d4!.

In the endgame, Black's advantage of two bishops possibly compensates for his pawn weaknesses.

The commentator of the official site Grischuk, "Thousands of opening variations have to be prepared for a World Championship Match. It's not possible to look at everything until the move 30".

Grischuk, "Rematches are completely absurd. It's obvious that some World Champion invented that for himself". After that the official site went for a lengthy advertising break.

10.Nc4 Qxe4+ 11.Qe2 Qxe2+ 12.Kxe2 Be6

After some thinking, Gelfand exchanged the queens and developed his bishop: 12...Be6. The bishop is aiming to go to d5 in the future, which looks logical. It's important for Black to get activity.


After 13.d3 (with the idea of connecting the knights), which has already been played, it's possible to think about 13...Bd5 14.f3 Bxc4, although the exchange on c4 is clearly a responsible decision.

On the other hand, allowing White to connect the knights with Nbd2 is also a responsible decision. It's hard to say what Gelfand is going to choose.

Keeping the bishop pair is more ambitious for Black. Perhaps, move the knight to d5 and the king to d7.

There is a more simple plan as well: ...Nf6, ...Be7, ...0-0. (It's possible to investigate the queenside castling as well). Gelfand's choice is currently a matter of principle.

13...Nf6 14.Nbd2 O-O-O

Strange as it may be, Gelfand went for the position with the queenside castling. The king will be able to defend weak pawns, if necessary.

Houdini gives a little plus to White after 14...0-0-0, but Stockfish gives it to Black. White's static advantages are clear, Black's chances are in dynamics.

15.Rhe1 Be7 16.Kf1

Anand hid away his king: 15.Rhe1 and 16.Kf1. On the official site, Grischuk and Smirin are assessing the position as complex and about equal.

Listen to Sutovsky live on the Chess-News radio. We've started!

Sutovsky, "This game is more interesting than it may appear". There are still some provisions for a conflict.

Sutovsky remembered that he won against Nakamura in 2003 in the variation with 5.b3. We looked at Gelfand's game, who played like that against Lautier, as we wrote earlier.

16...Rhe8 17.Ba3 Nd5

The impression is that White is a little better. Playing against doubled pawns is very typical for the whole Bb5 system.

Sutovsky said about the match in general, "Anand's imbalanced preparation, which was geared towards the energy saving, has played its part; he played too little before the match".

Sutovsky said about the position after 17...Nd5, "White should not allow ...Nf4 and Bd5. I think that the bishops will allow Gelfand to hold the position".

The grandmaster Dmitry Kryakvin joined Emil Sutovsky on the live radio. The game ten and the whole match are being discussed.

18.Ne4 Nb4

Sutovsky explained that, normally, realising static plusses of the structure isn't easily possible for White in this kind of positions.

At the same time, Sutovsky repeated what he said several moves ago: he would have preferred to play this position with white.

Genna Sosonko's pessimistic statements about the ACP are being discussed. Kryakvin, "The most brilliant of Sosonko's creations are literary obituaries".

Sutovsky left the live radio transmission. Kryakvin is talking about the Russian journalism.

19.Re2 Bxc4

A little has happened in the game for the past half an hour, but at last Gelfand decided to go for the principled: 19...Bxc4!?.


Anand thought for a bit and took 20.bxc4. This is the most natural move; Houdini approves this choice.

Radzinsky, "A chess board was one of the few places in the USSR where an individual decided destinies himself, but it was destinies of the wooden pieces". Sutovsky returned.

Edvard Radzinsky was entertaining the press centre. The topic of his talk was "Terror and Chess". You can listen to the recording on the Chess-News radio now

20...f5 21.Bxb4 cxb4 22.Nd2 Bd6

Emil Sutovsky reminds an important idea Nb3!. But he thinks that Black should hold, although it's not clear how he would avoid being under pressure.

23.Rxe8 Rxe8 24.Nb3

Surov, "The live transmission has ended. 23.Rxe8 Rxe8 24.Nb3 has been played. (It was possible to play 23.Nb3 straight away. [Mikhail Golubev])


24...c5 25.a3

The last moves 24...c5 25.a3 1/2 appeared on the official site. It was a calm game and a premature draw, even if the position was equal.

Sutovsky, "An introduction of anti-draw rules is long overdue in a World Championship match".

Sutovsky, "I think this is the last tournament of this statue with the rule 'agree to a draw whenever you like'".

Sutovsky didn't see an obvious draw in the final position; he gave examples of variations and pointed at plusses for both sides.

Sutovsky, "I won't judge them in any case. The players are playing according to the rules that are in place.

Surov, "Our live radio was probably more interesting than the game itself".

Anand said about the endgame, "I had some hopes". He gave a variation 19...f5 20.Bxb4 cb 21.Ng3 Bxc4 21.Nxf5!. He has doubts about Ba3.

Gelfand, "Black should, of course, play accurately in the endgame, but I think that I should be holding without problems".

A variation at the press conference: 18.Re5!? Nb4 19.Bxb4 cb 20.Rae1; Gelfand, "I could even play Rd5 and wouldn't lose". "In case of 20.Ra5 and a3, the bishop would come out to b4", Anand.

In the game, Gelfand offered a draw after 21...cxb4.

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.24"] [Round "10"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2799"] [BlackElo "2739"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. b3 e5 6. Nxe5 Qe7 7. Bb2 d6 8. Nc4 d5 9. Ne3 d4 10. Nc4 Qxe4+ 11. Qe2 Qxe2+ 12. Kxe2 Be6 13. d3 Nf6 14. Nbd2 O-O-O 15. Rhe1 Be7 16. Kf1 Rhe8 17. Ba3 Nd5 18. Ne4 Nb4 19. Re2 Bxc4 20. bxc4 f5 21. Bxb4 cxb4 22. Nd2 Bd6 23. Rxe8 Rxe8 24. Nb3 c5 25. a3 1/2-1/2

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