Belarus-born Israeli chess master Boris Gelfand has qualified to compete against Alexander Grischuk for the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Candidates final in Kazan, Russia, the game-enthusiast site Chess Vibes reported. The two opponents passed a "thrilling tie-breaker on Monday" to advance onto the final stage.
Gelfand commented on the last match which propelled him towards the Candidates final, saying "The match was full of mistakes from both sides. Luck was on my side. I’m very glad it happened like this. Basically the quality was pretty low. Normally the quality of tie-breaks is higher, I don’t know what happened today."
The final match-up is slated for Thursday of this week in which six games will be played with a break on Sunday. In the event of a 3-3 score, a tie-breaker will take place the following Thursday.