The 2nd Rapid Game of Anand - Gelfand: Vishy Waited for the Blunder and Won in a Better But Objectively Drawn Endgame

Время публикации: 30.05.2012 14:29 | Последнее обновление: 30.05.2012 18:28

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In the 2nd and dramatically finished rapid game of the World Championship match the rivals repeated the opening from their classical 10th game of the match. In the Rossolimo variation of Sicilian defence Viswanathan Anand applied a novelty  7.d4!?, and got, as most of the commentators have marked, specific advantage in the complicated endgame. 

However, Anand couldn't fully vanish the initiative Black got for the sacrificed pawn. Boris Gelfand achieved as minimum equal chances. 

The Israeli fell in a time trouble and the advantage was again in Anand's hands. At the final stage of the game, the rivals went on an endgame where White could hardly convert their slight advantage if playing the classical game.

But in terms of the time trouble, Gelfand ended up making a terrific mistake. 

ANAND - GELFAND (2nd Rapid Game)


Boris missed 72.Ne6+, 73.Nd4! and White got a theoretically won endgame after exchanging its knight.  

Mark Dvoretsky, the author of numerous chess books and the recognized expert of the endgames, shared his impressions on the end of the 2nd game, you can listen to it in the audio player (in Russian).

The current score of the match is 1.5 - 0.5 in Anand's favor. The 3rd game is played at the moment.

[Event "World Championship Tiebreak"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.30"] [Round "2"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2799"] [BlackElo "2739"] [PlyCount "153"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. b3 e5 6. Nxe5 Qe7 7. d4 d6 8. Nxc6 Qxe4+ 9. Qe2 Qxe2+ 10. Kxe2 Bb7 11. Na5 Bxg2 12. Rg1 Bh3 13. dxc5 dxc5 14. Nc3 O-O-O 15. Bf4 Bd6 16. Bxd6 Rxd6 17. Rg5 Nf6 18. Rxc5+ Kb8 19. Nc4 Re8+ 20. Ne3 Ng4 21. Ncd5 Nxe3 22. Nxe3 Bg4+ 23. f3 Bc8 24. Re1 Rh6 25. Rh1 Rhe6 26. Rc3 f5 27. Kd2 f4 28. Nd5 g5 29. Rd3 Re2+ 30. Kc1 Rf2 31. h4 Ree2 32. Rc3 Bb7 33. Rd1 gxh4 34. Nxf4 Re8 35. Rh1 Rc8 36. Rxc8+ Bxc8 37. Rxh4 Bf5 38. Rh5 Bxc2 39. Rb5+ Ka8 40. Nd5 a6 41. Ra5 Kb7 42. Nb4 Bg6 43. Nxa6 Rxf3 44. Nc5+ Kb6 45. b4 Rf4 46. a3 Rg4 47. Kd2 h5 48. Nd7+ Kb7 49. Ne5 Rg2+ 50. Kc3 Be8 51. Nd3 h4 52. Re5 Bg6 53. Nf4 Rg3+ 54. Kd4 Bc2 55. Rh5 Rxa3 56. Rxh4 Rg3 57. Nd5 Rg5 58. b5 Bf5 59. Rh6 Bg4 60. Rf6 Rf5 61. Rb6+ Ka7 62. Rg6 Bf3 63. Rg7+ Kb8 64. Nc3 Bb7 65. Kc4 Bf3 66. Kb4 Bd5 67. Na4 Rf7 68. Rg5 Bf3 69. Nc5 Kc7 70. Rg6 Kd8 71. Ka5 Rf5 72. Ne6+ Kc8 73. Nd4 Rf8 74. Nxf3 Rxf3 75. Kb6 Rb3 76. Rg8+ Kd7 77. Rb8 1-0 


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