In response to our recently posted article from the Hebrew press that says Gelfand isn’t getting enough coverage, I decided to go ahead and create a video of the fantastic last game. This is the final game from the final round where Gelfand defeated Grischuk winning the Candidates Matches and receiving a chance of taking the title from Viswanathan Anand at the 2012 World Chess Championship next year.

Watch the Video where GM Boris Gelfand defeats Grischuk to Win the Candidates Matches

Game Description:
Final Round, Final Game (#6) – Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2733) vs Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2747) – Gelfand opens as white with d4, and Grischuk answers with the Grunfeld Defense. Gelfand plays a calmer, less complicated variation involving a fianchetto on the kingside. After an interesting novelty by white with 13. B3 and 14. Rb1, Grischuk plays with extreme creativity. Black lifts a rook to attack white’s king with 16. Ra5 and 17. Rh5, however Gelfand calmly defends with 18. Nh4 – unafraid of the weakening of his kingside pawn structure. White slowly but surely achieves a decisive amount of pressure, due to creeping central pawns that serve to powerfully restrict black’s pieces. Grischuk loses the thread of the game due to imposing time pressure, and fails to maintain the balance as he is overwhelmed tactically and strategically. A very smooth victory by Boris Gelfand. It will certainly be interesting to watch the Israeli challenge Viswanathan Anand for the world title in 2012
As many of you know my YouTube channel is filled with videos from the recent Candidates Matches, so this is definitely the last one I’ll cover. I’ve also received many requests to include the time-clock whenever possible. I’ve heard your requests to include the clock in my video coverage of chess games. Unfortunately PGNs don’t include the time-controls for each position so most of the time I cannot include a clock in my videos. However, for some major tournaments my ICC subscription lets me view certain games from super GMs with the corresponding time clock in each position. I’ll always try to include this clock and do my videos in wide-screen whenever possible. What do you guys want me to cover next?
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Regards, NM William Stewart
By Will Stewart (USCF 2256, FIDE 2234)


[Event “Candidates 2011”]

[Site “Kazan, Russia”]

[Date “2011.05.25”]

[Round “3.6”]

[White “GM Gelfand”]

[Black “GM Grischuk”]

[Result “1-0”]

[WhiteElo “2733”]

[BlackElo “2747”]

[Opening “King’s Indian, 3.Nf3”]

[ECO “E60”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8.
e3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 a5 11. Qe2 Bg4 12. h3 Be6 13. b3 a4 14. Rb1 axb3
15. axb3 Qc8 16. Kh2 Ra5 17. Rd1 Rh5 18. Nh4 Bf6 19. f4 Rd8 20. Qf2 Bxh4 21.
gxh4 Nd5 22. Nxd5 Rhxd5 23. Bb2 Rb5 24. Qe2 Rh5 25. e4 Bxb3 26. Rdc1 Na5 27.
d5 b6 28. Be5 c5 29. dxc6 f6 30. Ba1 Rc5 31. Rxc5 bxc5 32. Qb5 Qc7 33. Rxb3
Nxc6 34. e5 Nd4 35. Qc4+ {White wins} 1-0

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