chess record 311.
(photo credit: Ben Spier)
Belarus-born Israeli grand 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.
opponents passed a “thrilling tie-breaker on Monday” to advance onto the final
stage that will determine who will head to compete against reigning champion
from India, Viswanathan Anand.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon
offered his congratulations to Gelfand in a tweet for his advancement to the
Gelfand, 42, commented on the last match which propelled him
towards the Candidates final, saying “The match was full of mistakes from both
Luck was on my side. I’m very glad it happened like this.
Basically the quality was pretty low.
Normally the quality of tiebreaks
is higher, I don’t know what happened today.”
Chess Vibes reported that
Gelfand had reached a “mustwin situation” after his American opponent Gata
Kamsky won Gelfand’s queen, tightening his grip on the Israeli
Trumping Kamsky’s “stubborn defense” in the second half of the
game, Gelfand managed to outplay his persistent competitor gaining a sweet
victory and rights to advance to the final.
The final match-up is slated
for Thursday 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
At 17, Gelfand was a Junior Champion in the Soviet Union and a
European Junior Champion just two years later. He immigrated to Israel from
Belarus in 1998 and settled in Rishon Lezion. He has since become Israel’s top
Gelfand has won about 30 tournaments during his