Gelfand Narrows Gap to 1 Point Behind Anand Print
Thursday, 27 September 2007 00:00
Boris Gelfand beat Levon Aronian to narrow the gap to one point behind leader Viswanathan Anand who drew with Peter Svidler in round 12 of the World Championship in Mexico City. With two more rounds to go, Anand has 8 points followed by Gelfand with 7. Vladimir Kramnik beat Peter Leko to climb to third with 6.5 points. In the match of the two Alexanders, Morozevich bounced back to beat his Russian compatriot Alexander Grischuk. Leko, Aronian and Morozevich have 5.5 points each. Grischuk and Svidler are in the bottom with 5 points each. The World Championship shall be rated for the October FIDE Rating List, click here. Visit the official web site. . Second running Boris Gelfand of Israel beat Levon Aronian of Armenia to narrow the gap to one point behind leader Viswanathan Anand of India who drew with Peter Svidler of Russia in round 12 of the World Championship in Mexico City. With two more rounds to go, Anand has 8 points followed by Gelfand with 7. In photo, Anand ponders while Gelfand is in the other table.

Gelfand used the Semi Slav defense and won a Knight in a middle game skirmish on the 29th move. After an exchange of Queens to transpose to the endgame, he forced an exchange of pieces to win in 40 moves.

Anand saw his lead cut down to one point as he drew from the black side of a Closed Ruy Lopez with Svidler of Russia in 22 moves.

World champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia beat Peter Leko of Hungary in 38 moves of an Open Catalan. Kramnik gave Rook for Bishop but pentrated on the Kingside with his Queen to regain the exchange. Faced with further loss of material, Leko resigned on the 39th move.

Leko, Aronian and Morozevich have 5.5 points each.

In the match of the two Alexanders, Morozevich bounced back to beat his Russian compatriot Alexander Grischuk. Morozevich essayed the English Opening (Four Knights variation) to gain the advantage with two queenside passed pawns. With both sides attacking on the back rank, Morozevich was first to weave a mating net and force resignation on the 42nd move.

Grischuk and Svidler are in the bottom with 5 points each.

The World Championship shall be rated for the October FIDE Rating List, click here

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Photo by Frederic Friedel in Mexico City.

Round 12: Thursday, Sept 27th 2007
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Alexander Morozevich 
1-0
 Alexander Grischuk
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Peter Leko
Levon Aronian 
0-1
 Boris Gelfand


(1) Svidler,P (2735) - Anand,V (2792) [C88]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 Re8 10.a4 h6 11.axb5 axb5 12.Rxa8 Bxa8 13.c3 Bf8 14.d4 d6 15.d5 Na5 16.Ba2 c6 17.Na3 Qc7 18.Qe2 cxd5 19.Nxb5 Qd7 20.exd5 Bxd5 21.Bxd5 Nxd5 22.Rd1 Nf6 1/2-1/2

(2) Morozevich,A (2758) - Grischuk,A (2726) [A28]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nf6 7.Be2 Bg4 8.0-0 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nd4 10.g3 Bc5 11.Bg2 0-0 12.Na4 Bb6 13.Be3 Qd6 14.f4 Nd7 15.Kh1 Rad8 16.Rc1 Nc6 17.Nxb6 axb6 18.Rc3 Nc5 19.a3 Nxd3 20.Qc2 Nc5 21.Bxc5 bxc5 22.Rxc5 Rfe8 23.Rd5 Qe7 24.Qb3 exf4 25.Qxb7 Rxd5 26.exd5 Nd4 27.Rxf4 Qc5 28.Rf1 g6 29.Qa6 Re2 30.d6 cxd6 31.b4 Qc2 32.Qxd6 Nf5 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.Qd5 Qb2 35.g4 Rd2 36.Qf3 Nd6 37.h3 f5 38.Qg3 Qc2 39.gxf5 Nxf5 40.Rxf5 Rxg2 41.Qe5+ Kh6 42.Qe3+ 1-0

(3) Kramnik,V (2769) - Leko,P (2751) [E06]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Be4 11.Qc1 Qc8 12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.Qf4 Bb7 14.Rc1 Bd6 15.Qh4 h6 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Nbd2 Re8 18.e4 Nd7 19.Nb3 a5 20.Nc5 Be7 21.Qf4 e5 22.Nxe5 Nxe5 23.dxe5 Bg5 24.Qf3 Bxc1 25.Rxc1 Rxe5 26.Qc3 f6 27.Qb3+ Kh8 28.Qf7 Bc6 29.Nd3 Re6 30.Nf4 Rd6 31.Ng6+ Kh7 32.e5 fxe5 33.Bxc6 Rf6 34.Qd5 Qf5 35.Bxa8 Qxf2+ 36.Kh1 Qxb2 37.Qc5 Kxg6 38.Be4+ Kh5 39.Rb1 1-0

(4) Aronian,L (2750) - Gelfand,B (2733) [D43]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 g6 10.0-0 Bg7 11.Rc1 0-0 12.Ne4 Qe7 13.Bb3 Rd8 14.Qc2 e5 15.Rfe1 Kh8 16.g4 Rf8 17.g5 f5 18.gxf6 Bxf6 19.Kg2 Bg7 20.h4 Nb6 21.dxe5 Bg4 22.Ned2 Nd7 23.e6 Ne5 24.Nh2 Qxh4 25.f4 Bf5 26.Ne4 Qh3+ 27.Kg1 Nf3+ 28.Nxf3 Qxf3 29.Ng5 hxg5 30.Qh2+ Qh5 31.Qxh5+ gxh5 32.e7 Rfe8 33.Rc5 Bg4 34.Rxg5 Rxe7 35.Kg2 Bf6 36.Rg6 Rf8 37.e4 Bf5 38.Rh6+ Kg7 39.Rxh5 Bxe4+ 40.Kh2 Bd5 0-1

 
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