2013 Candidates, Circular 4: Gelfand-Ivanchuk

The circular 4 game betwixt Boris Gelfand as well as Vassily Ivanchuk ended inward a 35-move depict but, despite the resultant as well as relatively brusk length, it has already been hailed every bit the game of the circular past times the pundits. Rightly so: the entirely decisive game, Carlsen-Grischuk, had its moments but Grischuk dug his ain grave, whereas this game had much to a greater extent than intrinsic chess value.

I shall accept to survive careful amongst my references. If I refer to Boris as well as Vassily every bit the 'old guys' or 'old-timers', I accept to comport inward heed that the ii of them are immature plenty to be, if non my sons, my much younger brothers. And whatsoever reference to their depression standing inward the trial must survive tempered past times their stratospherically high standing inward chess every bit a whole. It is a reminder of merely how rigid this tournament is that these ii legends of the game should accept met whilst on ½/3. Bear inward heed also that Boris Gelfand has already lost i to a greater extent than classical game hither than he did inward the entirety of his the world entitle challenge against Vishy Anand inward 2012. It's mighty tough at Savoy Place as well as nosotros should remind ourselves continually that nosotros are witnessing i of the strongest, if non the strongest, tournaments of all time.

Vassily Ivanchuk as well as Boris Gelfand: game of the twenty-four hours - as well as press conference of the day, too.


There was a petty surprise every bit early on every bit move, when Vassily opted for the Chigorin Defence to the Queen's Gambit. Not a big surprise every bit Vassily plays almost all of the most respectable openings, as well as occasionally i of the to a greater extent than chancy ones, making him the hardest of all players to develop for. It turns out that Vassily had played 2...Nc6 every bit late every bit 2009, to win a game inward the World Blitz Championship. His victim on that occasion was none other than Magnus Carlsen. He had also lost a rapidplay game to Garry Kasparov amongst it inward 1995. It is a item favourite of Alexander Morozevich, as well as Magnus Carlsen in i trial used it to depict amongst Vlad Kramnik at the 2010 London Classic.

An imbalanced but grade lay ensued until Black hurled a 'Chucky bomb' at his opponent amongst 20...c5! This involved a slice sacrifice to generate a tremendous laid on against White's virile soul monarch on b1. But of course of pedagogy Boris is highly experienced at bomb disposal as well as he picked his agency through the complications to secure a depict past times perpetual check. Well worth playing through to appreciate the tactical nuances. Also worth dipping into the full video current of the encounter here.


After the game the ii onetime pros gave a delightful press conference inward which they looked dorsum on their many games against each other (more than 100), paid tribute to each other, told stories of working together as well as sharing rooms when they were Soviet team-mates. Enjoy the press conference here. If y'all entirely accept fourth dimension for a quick look, laid the slider to nearly 28 minutes into the video every bit Boris is asked nearly the resultant of his the world entitle challenge inward Israel. Vassily is even as well as thus fixated on the game as well as interrupts, but Nastya Karlovich expertly steers them dorsum to the interrogation of their long as well as sporting rivalry approximately the 31 infinitesimal mark. Pardon me for existence effusive but the real brusk business office of the interview, peculiarly from 36 minutes onward, somehow expresses everything that is goodness as well as valuable nearly chess every bit a professional person sport, as well as nearly the nature of goodness sportsmanship inward particular.

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