The World Chess Championship 2012 match between the current world chess champion GM Viswanathan Anand (India) and GM Boris Gelfand (Israel) took place on 10–31 May 2012 in Moscow/Russia. Prize fund was 2.55 million US Dollars.
Anand last defended his title at the World Chess Championship 2010 versus Veselin Topalov.
The Ratings of the two Grandmasters on the FIDE List March 2012 of the Top 100 Players worldwide are:- V.Anand is rated 2799 and placed Number 4
Boris Gelfand will be the underdog and I wish him all the best in the match. I think he will have no chance against Anand but maybe he is lucky in one way or the other.
However this might be his only chance in his life time to win the world title and nobody deserves it more than Boris to become world chess champion, as he is a grandmaster of long standing.
Boris Gelfand was born 24 June 1968 in Minsk, Belarussian SSR but he immigrated to Israel 1998 and became Israel's top ranking chess player.
I will publish the games here on this page in May...All Games start at 15:00
Anand defended again with the Slav Defense (Semi-Slav Variation) like in the second, forth and sixth game, but this time Gelfand played the promising move 6.c5 and after the dubious pawn move 25...f6 Anand soon drifted into a losing position.
and after 26.BxNe4 dxB 27.Nd2 f5 28.Nc4 Nf6 29.Nc5 Boris (White) had the superior position because he has a firm grip in the center area, a penetrated rook and the black bishop at c8 is almost inactive (dead meat). See diagram below
A draw again. This is a tough match indeed.
Anand won the second game in the four-game rapid tiebreak match. In the second game Anand (White) reached a drawish position in the endgame, but Gelfand made an error under acute time pressure and lost the game and the whole match. This is sad indeed, but Anand is known to have the fastest chess brain on earth and this gave him a small advantage in fast games.