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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 wasnt 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 first game he, of course, had to play 28.Qd3 instead of capturing on h6.

I have played the endgame from the second game of this tie-break in the USSR Championship in 1979 against Geller. The very same endgame, but only mirrored, with Whites pawn on g4. The spectators were laughing! Efim Petrovich made like 10 moves and succumbed to a draw. It is unreal to lose that position with Black.

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), Gelfands 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 worlds strongest chess player.

(Translated from Russian by

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Comments (3)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 15:01 04 2012 .
Gelfand showed that he is a worthy challenger indeed. He delievered top play against the higher rated champion.
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 16:44 05 2012 .
Many people were upset with Grischuk\'s play in the qualifying stages for the World Championship. Anand employed the same strategy for the match with Gelfand - draw the Classical Chess games, and win in the Rapid Chess. Gelfand won convincingly in game six, and blundered in game seven because he was playing to win. Anand played timidly, as he was playing to draw the Classical Chess games. Very disappointing
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 14:37 26 2012 .
, where physical sgttnreh and stamina are required, it would be unequal competition, But remember that boxing does not put a flyweight in the ring with a superheavyweight so some sort of grading system that would match those of either sex of similar sgttnreh and speed could be devised. It is not beyond human ingenuity.Sports where sgttnreh is not an issue are generally open to both sexes. Chess: Victoria Smijlte won the Lithuanian Championship (open to both sexes) when she was 17. Judit Polgar has appeared for the Hungarian men's team (Open Team) at the Chess Olympics. Show-jumping, motor-racing are other examples.But cultural factors remain, inhibiting women's participation in sport. There are few female role models, few women coaches, few woman referees and umpires, few women sports administrators. Also, boys put down girls who try to join in. I am a chess coach. And boys say loudly this is a man's game when a girl walks into a chess club. It can put many girls off. Most girls learn chess from their dad not their mum and they have a sense that thet don't belong or aren't welcome. Les than 2% of players at a chess congress are female, but in bridge it is more like 40% that are female.So sexist conclusions that women's brains are not as good as men's at mind sports are erroneous. They ignore the effect of these cultural factors holding back women's participation.

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