Gelfand Takes the Initiative

Время публикации: 12.05.2012 20:06 | Последнее обновление: 28.05.2012 03:34

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Sergei Rublevsky is sure that Anand will play 1.e4 at least once in the match    

The second game of the World Championship match in which the Israeli GM had White lasted for one move more than the previous game and was marked with the same result - a draw. 

Slav defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 a6
Black chose one of the Chebanenko system variations. 
6.b3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.Bd3 0–0 9.0–0 Bd6

Perhaps not the most principled possibility.
10...e5 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.e4
12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 has been tested in professional games and not once; in general with acceptable results for Black.  
12...dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Bxe4

Anand applies a novelty. In several games 14...exd4 took place, where White can also count on a small "plus".  
In the case of 15.Bg5 exd4 the game could repeat the last year's encounter Goganov - Rublevsky.
15...Nxe4 16.exd6 Qxd6 17.Be3!

At the press conference Gelfand evaluated his advantage as nominal. White's chances are preferable; an accurate play is required from Anand.  
And the Champion doesn't make a mistake. 
18.Qxd6 Nxd6

After 19.Rfd1 Rfd8 20.Bb6 Black has a strong 20...Rdc8!, and White is unable to win the piece because of the weak first horizontal. 
Аnd now it's essential that after 20.Bf4 Black plays 20...Re4!.
20.Nxf5 Nxf5 21.Bc5
Wihte couldn't fasten it's bishop on b6.
It's quite evident the game moves towards the draw. 
22.Rfd1 Rac8 23.Kf1 f6 24.Bb4

An interesting decision, which, for instance, surprised the English-speaking Nigel Short. Black moves the king to g6 avoiding f7 where it could be checked from d7.  
Unable to find resources for winning the game, Gelfand offered a draw after making a move; the offer was accepted. 
(Mikhail Golubev's express commentary)

The commentator GM Sergei Rublevsky shared his opinion on the start of the match to our website. As you remember, Sergei is well-acquainted with the World Championship format: he worked in Kramnik's team in 2006, when the former world champion was fighting against Veselin Topalov.  

"Taking into consideration first two games of the match - it's evident that Gelfand took the initiative, - Rublevsky concludes confidently. - Vishy was forced to play accurately both times."

At the same time Russian remembers the final position from the first game: "Anand stood worse there than at any moment in today's game (although Black's advantage was more nominative).

Rublevsky is sure that Anand will play 1.e4 at least once during the match, and actually that may happen even in the next duel. "The practice of short world championship matches (consisting of 12 games) shows that reconnoitering may last for six encounters, when the score is equal; and then each will be attacking the rival's weak spot, if such will be found." 

You can listen to Sergei Rublevsky's commentary in the audio player (in Russian). 

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.12"] [Round "2"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2791"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "accelerated Meran (Alekhine variation)"] [WhiteFideId "2805677"] [BlackFideId "5000017"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nbd7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Bd6 10. Rc1 e5 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. e4 dxe4 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Bxe4 Nf6 15. dxe5 Nxe4 16. exd6 Qxd6 17. Be3 Bf5 18. Qxd6 Nxd6 19. Nd4 Rfe8 20. Nxf5 Nxf5 21. Bc5 h5 22. Rfd1 Rac8 23. Kf1 f6 24. Bb4 Kh7 25. Rc5 1/2-1/2 


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