Israel’s Boris Gelfand handed the initiative in the World Chess Championships back to defending-champion Viswanathan Anand on Monday, committing crucial mistakes to gift the Indian a win in Game 8, which ties the score in the 12-game series in Moscow at 4-4.

Anand admitted he drifted in his defeat to Gelfand on Sunday, but he punished the 44-year-old Israeli for his mistakes in Game 8, handing the Rishon Lezion resident a crushing psychological blow in the battle for the world title and over $1.5 million in prize money.

Anand needed just 17 moves to claim the win on Monday, helped by big errors from Gelfand, who was playing with the black pieces, on the 13th and 16th moves.

Gelfand and Anand will enjoy a day of rest on Tuesday before resuming the showdown with Games 9 and 10 on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

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