(1) GM_Anand (2791) - GM_Gelfand (2727) [D70]
World Chess Champion 2012 Moscow, Russia (3), 14.05.2012
[Llewellyn,Alan Mansel]



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3
That great American Chess player of the 20th Century, Reuben Fine played this move in 1933. It must have come as a little bit of a surprise to Boris.

3...d5
An unusual form of the Grunfeld Opening.

4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 e5 9.d5 c6 10.h4 cxd5 11.exd5 N8d7 12.h5
Vishy looks like he is trying to blast Boris off the board in this daring Kingside attack. You see Vishy Anand has a rating in the top 4 in the world and has been number 1. While his opponent Boris Gelfand has a rating that puts him about 20th, but has earned his place to challenge for the World Championships by having a fearsome record in one on one matches, where draws dont count against you but actually count for you-ie drawing in tournament play means you end up mid table all the time while you only have to win once in matches. Anand tries in this game to severly test Boris' skills in defence but not only is boris upto it he comes out of the game looking the more likely to win, in this game atleast.

12...Nf6 13.hxg6 fxg6 14.0-0-0 Bd7 15.Kb1 Rc8 16.Ka1
[16.Bh6 Rxc3!! 17.Qxc3 Bxh6 18.Rxh6 Nbxd5 19.Qb3 Kg7 20.Rh4 Qb6= ]

16...e4 17.Bd4
[17.Nxe4?? Nxe4 18.fxe4 Rxf1 19.Rxf1 Nc4 20.Qf2 Bxb2+ 21.Kb1 Bf5!! 22.exf5 Bf6 23.Bc1 (23.Ne2?? Na3# ) 23...Qxd5 24.Qc2 Qd4 25.Bb2 (25.Nf3?? Qa1# ) 25...Na3+ 26.Ka1 Nxc2+ 27.Kb1 Qxb2# I dont think Boris or Vishy could have seen this to mate but I could be wrong. More likely they just saw it to about 8 moves ahead and Vishy thought it was too dangerous.]

17...Na4 18.Nge2
[18.Nxe4+/= Now with the Bishop on d4 blunting the g7 Bishops enormous hidden strength, Nxe4 is indeed playableand best.]

18...Qa5 19.Nxe4 Qxd2 20.Nxf6+ Rxf6 21.Rxd2 Rf5 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.d6
With Vishies Kingside underveloped this pawn looks hopelessly lost in the deep recessess of the Boris position almost completely alone- but like the charge of the light brigade it saves the day.

23...Rfc5 24.Rd1
[24.g4?? Rc1+ 25.Nxc1 Rxc1# ]

24...a5 25.Rh4 Rc2 26.b3 Nb2!! 27.Rb1 Nd3 28.Nd4 Rd2 29.Bxd3 Rxd3 30.Re1 Rd2 31.Kb1
The problem here is Re7+ suffers from Rc1+mate if Vishy takes the Bishop on d7 with the rook. [31.Re7+?! Kf6 32.Rf4+?? Kg5 33.Ne2 Rxe2!! 34.Rxe2 Kxf4-+ ]

31...Bf5+ 32.Nxf5+ gxf5 33.Re7+ Kg6 34.Rc7! Re8! 35.Rh1 Ree2 36.d7 Rb2+ 37.Kc1 Rxa2
Game agreed drawn, if White Queens his pawn then Ra1+mate. But Blacks attack is blunted by the fact that White can Queen if he tries to go for the win himself which would be on, but for the d7 pawn. 1/2-1/2