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World Chess Championship 2012 (Games and Results)

World Chess Championship 2012

Anand and Gelfand at the end of game 10. Photo ©

Anand and Gelfand at the end of game 10. Photo © | http://moscow2012.fide.com

The World Chess Championship match between defending Champion Viswanathan Anand and his Challenger Boris Gelfand takes place in Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery. 10th (Opening Ceremony) - 30th (Play-offs) May 2012. Game 1 Friday 11th May 2012 3pm Local Time 12pm BST. TWIC live coverage at TWIC's live page where Malcolm and are tweeting during play and producing PGN commentary during play. Reports every day, videos from Europe-Echecs, photos etc. The match was tied 6-6 and so there is a play-off starting at 9am BST Wednesday 30th May 2012.

Viswanathan Anand retains World Chess Championship after Rapid win against Gelfand (Tie-breaks)

Viswanathan Anand has successfully defended his World Chess Championship title in Moscow by defeating his challenger Boris Gelfand in a very tense rapid tiebreak match 2.5-1.5 following a 6-6 draw at a longer time control. Thus Anand has defended the title he gained Mexico City in a tournament in 2007 for a third time following matches against Kramnik in Bonn 2008 and Topalov in Sofia 2010. Anand paid tribute to Gelfand's "enormous determination and his strength" starting with 2009's World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk and through the Kazan Candidates. The match has been criticised for the short draws but it certainly was tough in the openings and neither player gave much in the way of opportunities and Anand by way of explanation pointed out that "the problem in such a tight match is every mistake has a much higher value" which made the match even more cautious. For Anand the "critical moment in the match" was his loss in game 7 "That day I really thought I'd blown the match" and immediate equalisation by winning game 8 which was "very important for my morale". Given Anand's state of mind (he hardly slept) perhaps Gelfand was trying to move in for the kill in game 8 which might explain his over-aggression in a game so out of character from the rest of his play. The rapid playoff was dramatic with Gelfand's time trouble probably being the decisive factor in him losing game two and failing to win game three. Anand acknowledged "I understood that in all fairness this match simply could have gone either way." Questions over Anand's current form will continue but he will surely defend his title late in 2013 or early 2014. Not a great match by any means but certainly extremely tough professional chess, in fact a product of the system that Gelfand qualified from. Extensive press conference quotes now available along with a summary of the games in the rapid match. Closing press conference and closing ceremony tomorrow, I believe starting 2pm Moscow time, 11am BST.

World Chess Championship 2012 (Tie-breaks)

Artist Andrey Molchanovsky is justly proud of his creation, the World Chess Championship Trophy. Photo © Eric van Reem. More on his photo website:

Artist Andrey Molchanovsky is justly proud of his creation, the World Chess Championship Trophy. Photo © Eric van Reem. More on his photo website: | http://mateinmoscow.wordpress.com/

Videos

World Chess Championship 2012 (10)

Henrik Danielsen and Vijay Kumar videos of Anand-Gelfand Gm10

Two ChessDom videos from Round 10. A game report by Vijay Kumar and analysis by GM Henrik Danielsen.

World Chess Championship 2012 (Moscow RUS)
Fri 11th May 2012 - Wed 30th May 2012 - Official Site

World Championship (2 players 12 Rds Match Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

WCh Rapid Playoff (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

WCh Blitz Playoff (2 players 10 Rds Match Indiv TC:5m+3spm)

World Championship (2 players 12 Rds Match Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

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WCh Moscow
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 24 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 25 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 37 D70 Gruenfeld Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 34 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 27 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 29 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 38 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 17 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 49 E54 Nimzo Indian
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 25 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 24 E54 Nimzo Indian
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 22 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo

WCh Moscow (RUS), 11 v - 31 v 2012
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Perf
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2791 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 2727
Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2727 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 2791

WCh Rapid Playoff (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC: 25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

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WCh Rapid Playoff Moscow
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 32 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 77 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 63 D12 Slav Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 56 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
WCh Rapid Playoff Moscow (RUS), 30 v 2012
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 Total Perf
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2791 ½ 1 ½ ½ 2822
Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2727 ½ 0 ½ ½ 2704

WCh Blitz Playoff (2 players 10 Rds Match Indiv TC: 5m+3spm)

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