Saturday, May 26, 2012

GMs Comment Vintage Nimzo Indian in Gelfand-Anand Round 11 2012

We have come across round 11 of World Chess Championship between defending champion Viswanathan Anand vs challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel. The highlight of the round is this is the last white game for Gelfand in classical time control. The game went 1.d4 and Nimzo Indian as Anand defending strategy. Many where amused at the point where Anand played very rare and vintage 8 ... Bd7, and Gelfand think for 35 minutes before replying 9.a3. The game although played quite long time , but it was a draw on 25 moves, Gelfand only down to 15 minutes time and Anand an hour. The score now is 5.5-5.5 for Anand and Gelfand.

Whole compilation of Grandmaster commentaries and quotations here. The source are:
Live commentaries
- Svidler and Kramnik on official site with GM Max Dlugy and Jakonenko in the room.
- Natalia Pogonina and Jennifer Shahade on with GM Ray Keene escorting
- IM Malcolm Pein and Mark Crowther on TWIC
- Arkadij Naiditsch on chessbomb/chessdom
- Susan Polgar, Erwin l'Ami etc. twitted during all the games on Twitter
- Sergey Shipov on chessintranslation

Post game annotations:
- Gilberto Milos on chessbase

the Opening
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O dxc4 8.Bxc4

Mikhail Golubev Really tired with the match, don't care who will win, even not waiting for the interesting play anymore, only hope there will be no tiebreak

@Pogonina: Kramnik: This is "random chess", anyone can win now, given the tension

4. e3 It seems like he really got fed of suffering in Slav. We have the main Nimzo with 4.e3, Rubinstein variation. This time we can expect Anand to be better prepared than in the previous game.

the surprises and novelty
Bd7 9.a3 Ba5 10.Qe2 Bc6 11.Rd1 Bxc3

7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd7 Wow, this is a real surprise, 8...Bd7!? I am myself playing Nimzo with Black for the last 10 years and never even thought about this move. And indeed, the database is showing that this move is super rare, but been already played by very strong players like Korchnoi or Jussupow (old school move).

@SusanPolgar: 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd7 This is a rare move. It seems that Anand wants to stay away from the main line.

@Pogonina: Kramnik: Alas for me, I have probably "caught" Anand at his prime. He was a SCARY opponent. :)

Pogonina: Kramnik and Smirin are saying they know what is inside Gelfand's magic bottle! :P

@MarkTWIC: World #Chess Championship Game 11: 8...Bd7 apparently a Bronstein invention. I couldn't find it in Sokolov's book on the Nimzo.

@erwinlami: Rather excessive to be spending over half an hour on this position if you ask me.

Natalia Pogonina: The idea behind d7 is to develop the bishop along the a8-h1 diagonal without weakening the c6 square by playing b6. The knight can come out on d7 later.

Gilberto Milos ..Bxc3 A novelty! Usually Black plays ...Qe7 or Nbd7 here. [11...Nbd7 12.d5 exd5 13.Nxd5 Nb6 was played in Knaak-Yussupov 1991. ]

the Middlegame
12.bxc3 Nbd7 13.Bd3 Qa5 14.c4 cxd4 15.exd4 Qh5 16.Bf4 Rac8 17.Ne5 Qxe2 18.Bxe2 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Rfd8

@ChessinT: Sergey Shipov: "Boris, pull yourself together! It's time to play chess.

@erwinlami: Anand found a different way of stopping e4, by attacking c3! Of course 14.e4 Qxc3 15.Bd2 has to be checked. #anandgelfand

13. Bd3 And we see Gelfand is playing 13.Bd3 anyway, why? Probably because he could not find anything else. In case of 13.Bb2 Qc7! (threatening Ng4 next) probably White would have nothing better than to play 14.Bd3 anyway, so why not to play it immediately.

15. exd4 @erwinlami: Probably overestimating the pair of bishops again but I do think white has a stable edge here.

@SusanPolgar: @erwinlami Totally agree. I like white better here.

12.bxc3 Nbd7 "So far the guess the move percentage of the super-GMs in this position is close to zero. The whole sequence that has appeared on the board has not been predicted by anybody." - Svidler talking about the press room discussion of this game so far. Nbd7 left Kramnik and Svidler "completely lost" as to what Anand is doing.

15.exd4 This is the second Nimzo of the match and in both games Anand has chosen the same pawn structure with the same pieces remaining Alberto Milos

Malcolm Pein 17.Ne5 The time situation will play a huge influence on Boris Gelfand's choice of moves from now on. This commits to a position which Gelfand will be able to play quickly. "Wow, either Boris was a little unnerved by the opening surprise or just wants to grind on in a position of safety. I guess he did not like the Bxf3 option for Black and he was way behind on the clock and wants to avoid very complex play"

18. Bxe2 Nxe5 The endgame is tiny little better for White, even if I think it should objectively be a draw. White got a bishop pair, but the hanging pawns c4 and d4 are giving Black enough counterplay.

With the Queens on board, White always has many tactical ideas, but with the Queens off the board, the pawns on c4 and d4 are more weakness then strength of White position.

Natalia Pogonina: Boris is looking now like a professor who fell asleep in the subway.

the Equalizer and draw
20.a4 Ne4 21.Rd3 f6 22.Bf4 Be8 23.Rb3 Rxd4 24.Be3 Rd7 1/2-1/2

Naiditsch  draw!! And of course agreed by Gelfand. Tomorrow is another free day and then we will see Anand playing his last White.

‏@erwinlami The iniative -also considering Boris' time- definitely passed to Anand. But 23.Rb3 might just keep the balance.
Draw agreed! Indeed 25.Bxa7 Nc5 26.Bxc5 Rxc5 27.a5 doesn't promise anything for either side.

JenShahade: Kramnik: "I would say Gelfand's chances are 55-45 in classical chess now and 45-55 in rapid".  (commentator) Statements like these are vacuous, even if they come from a legend.

I disagree! I like statements like this :) I know from commentary at the US Chess Champs that it's VERY hard to pin down chessplayers on predictions. I.e- Many GMs in the US Chess Champs when we asked whether Kamsky or Nakamura would win, at a point when they both had the same score. "I don't like to predict"

Natalia Pogonina: Kramnik: "Losing in blitz, unlike in rapid, is a coin-flip". Says the stress is enormous; recalls how he lost 10 kilos (about 25 pounds) during the match against Kasparov.  This is absolutely true. The more I play, the slimmer I am becoming. And vice versa. :)

Jon Ludvig Hammer ‏@gmjlh Happy birthday to Anand's second Peter Heine. Hopefully he'll get to celebrate it on Sunday ;)

Silvio Danailov ‏@SilvioDanailov The most important and difficult thing for Gelfand for the rest of the match is to believe and convince himself that he can win.Nothing more

Anand: Everything is interesting for me, and you decide for yourselves.
Gelfand: the interest towards the match is shocking and unprecedented

Meanwhile, hot news in Twitter now is GM Hikaru Nakamura unhappy with the new book by Karsen Muller "Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura" . Nakamura dully twit : "It is truly disgusting that people are allowed to write books and profit off of our games without our permission. "

--- all comments and twitter by their respective author ---

Perjuangan Boris Gelfand, pecatur berwarga negara Israel, untuk merebut tahta Juara dunia dari Viswanthan Anand masih belum kecapaian. Walau demikian penggemar catur seluruh dunia menanti dengan seksama setiap langkah catur ke dua grandmaster ini. Hingga kemarin telah dimainkan sebelas partai dwi tarung catur antara kedua nya. Dwi tarung catur Anand Gelfand ini berlangsung di gedung meseum di Moscow. Seperti diberitakan blog ini sebelumnya, Gelfand berhasil mengalahkan Anand di ronde ke tujuh tetapi di ronde delapan, Gelfand membuat blunder parah mengakibatkan dia kalah hanya di langkah 17. Hal ini membuat rekor partai dwi tarung juara dunia tercepat. Selanjutnya kedua tetap bersaing ketat hingga ronde ini, ke sebelas.

Di ronde sebelas, Gelfand memegang buah putih dan dijawab Anand dengan pembelaan Nimzo Indian. Gelfand memilih variasi Rubinsten ..e3 tetapi kejutannya adalah di langkah 8 hitam membalas ...Bd7. Gelfand kemudian menghabiskan waktu 35 menitan hanya untuk menjawab dengan 9.a3.

Di atas telah ditampilkan kompilasi komentar-komentar grandmaster dunia yang ikut menyaksikan even bersejarah ini. Di era internet ini seluruh penggemar catur dunia bisa ikut menikmati langkah-langkah catur juara dunia di mana saja. Melalui blackberry sangat disarankan mengikuti melalui twitter di mana mantan juara catur wanita Susan Polgar dan pecatur muda dari Belanda Erwin l'Ami dengan rajin men-twit komentarnya LIVE langkah per langkah.

Mohon maaf seluruh komentar tidak bisa diterjemahkan karena waktu, tetapi sangat disarankan untuk dibaca bagi yang mengerti.

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