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Anand seeks to settle matter in last classical game

CHENNAI: The Moscow World ChessChampionship match has a scoreline after 11 games that is similar to the battle in Sofia two years ago.

Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand of Israelare tied 5.5-5.5 all with a game left in Moscow; he was similarly placed against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria is his last WCC match, which was finally decided on the twelfth game.

“The scoreline is similar; that match was very tough; this one has been tough so far,” reflected Anand after his eleventh game. But what he did not say was that he had black in Sofia while he will play white in the twelfth game in Moscow on Monday. Perhaps, he did not want to remind himself that he had to push for a win which has certainly not happened in this match, when either player had white.

Both the white wins were the results of blunders by black quite early in the game. Team Anand would be ready with something new for the last game as the world champion may not like this match to go into the rapid-play tiebreakers, though the world knows he is probably the best rapid player in the history of the sport.

However, playing in a rapid tournament and competing in a mini-rapid match which is a sequel to the classical games like the one in Moscow could be totally different.

Anand seemed happy about the format of having a rest day between each of the last two games, unlike the previous 10 where a set of white and black was played on successive days.

“This is a good format,” he said. “In the previous rest days you had to decide whether you wanted to prepare one or two colours. In a crucial phase, it is nicely broken up and you can give full thought to the twelfth game,” he explained. Interestingly, Anand ended Game 11 abruptly, offering a draw when he had more than an hour on the clock for 16 moves and Gelfand had only 13 minutes. A section of the Grandmasters felt the world champion could have pushed in that position.

So far, the match has not created any ripples in the Chess world. Many short draws, two quick results that did not show anything new and it is up to the world champion to prove that he deserves the crown that he wears when he moves the white pieces on Monday.

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