Viswanathan Anand - Boris Gelfand
World Chess Championship Final, Game 8, 21.5.12
After a series of draws ( 6 draws in a row), Gelfand, the challenger, draw first blood yesterday (20th May) by beating Anand in game 7.
1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 c5 Gelfand choose a different move. In earlier game, he played - 3...d5 4. d5 d6 5. e4 Bg7 6. Ne2 O-O 7. Nec3 Nh5 A novelty and it seems a good one. 8. Bg5 Bf6 9. Bxf6 exf6 10. Qd2 f5 11. exf5 Bxf5 12. g4 Re8+ 13. Kd1 Bxb1 14. Rxb1 Qf6?
Gelfand misjudged the position. Even top commentator - GM Peter Leko and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 'trust' this move. Leko even said that 15.Kc2 is the 'only' move for white . However both he and Gelfand probably think that they can sacrifice the knight on h5 and gain back material with advantage after ... 15. gxh5 Qxf3+ 16. Kc2 Qxh1 Unfortunately they missed white's 17th move . Both top commenter analyzed 17.Bd3 Qf3 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Rf1 Qe3 20.Qg2 and think that white didn't get enough compensation but what they missed is Anand brilliant reply ...
|From left: Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam (New in Chess editor) , Ian Nepo and Peter Leko could not detect Anand's brilliant reply 17. Qf2!|
|Gelfand reaction after Anand reply with 17.Qf2!|
I've never seen any shorter decisive result from previous world chess championships final than tonight's game. Could this be a record?