Anand Retains the World Chess Champion Title: Expert Opinions
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|Thursday, 31 May 2012|
Vishy Anand, 5-time World Chess Champion
After drawing Boris Gelfand 6-6 in the classical part of the match Anand won the rapid tie-break 2.5-1.5 to retain the World Chess Champion title. Here's what some of the well-known chess experts have to say about it:
Vladimir Below: The champion held on, held on and won on penalty kicks. Very many missed chances by Boris - a pity.
Alexandra Kosteniuk: I would like to congratulate the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand once again and say that I started respecting Boris Gelfand as a Chess Player even more than before the match.
Ilya Odesskij: I congratulate Vishy Anand on retaining the title. Don't have any other non-cuss words to say about it.
Additionally, GM Sergei Shipov has published Garry Kasparov's opinion about the match:
Garry Kasparov at a press conference during the match
Anand played the match terribly. However, obviously, Gelfand wasn’t destined to beat even such an opponent, the one who was significantly weakened. Anand performed in the match against Kramnik splendidly and so-so against Topalov in 2010, while his play nowadays is of a completely different level.
The tie-break was below any criticism. Gelfand should have won 3 games out of 4.
In the third game Gelfand clearly outplayed Anand. In the opening he could have taken on e4 and won a piece; in the endgame he had a winning position.
In the fourth game, in my opinion, Black could have won “with his hands” – just push the pawns.
Anand is lucky that Gelfand was the one who challenged him. If the Candidates Matches in Kazan were held using the 6-6-8 system (6 games in the ¼-final and ½-final, 8- in the final), Gelfand’s chances to make it to the WCC match would be minimal. Somebody else would have played against Anand and could have actually won. For example, Grischuk. Not to mention that Carlsen would have been playing.
I would like to repeat once again that this match has nothing to do with determining the world’s strongest chess player.
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