Chess: Gelfand and Anand play out draw

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May 23, 2012 22:56

Competitors tied 4.5-4.5 with three contests remaining.




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Chess 370. (photo credit:Thinkstock/Imagebank)

After suffering the shortest defeat in the history of the World Chess Championships, Israel’s Boris Gelfand fought out a 49-move draw with defending-champion Viswanathan Anand in Game 9 of the series on Wednesday, keeping the overall score tied at 4.5-4.5.

Anand needed just 17 moves to equalize the 12-game series in Game 8 and he kept momentum on his side by holding on for a draw while playing with the black pieces on Wednesday.

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“My position was worse as he had two bishops for my knights,” commented Anand after the game. “My chances hinged on the fortress that I was going to choose.

“In fact, I had many options and I think I chose the right one.”

Anand will play with the white pieces in Thursday’s Game 10 and next Monday’s Game 12, with the 44-year-old Israeli to start Saturday’s Game 11.

In case of a tie after 12 games, a tiebreaker will be held next Wednesday.

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