2012 Chess World Championship – Anand and Gelfand draw Game 4

In today’s fourth round game of the 2012 World Chess Championship in Moscow, Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand played to thirty-four moves before they called it a day and agreed to a draw.

In a Semi-Slav (similar to Game Two), Anand tried 15…Bd7 but couldn’t find a way to eke out an advantage.

Here is the game presented in replayable format; just click the buttons below the chessboard. The analysis was generated by Houdini 2 Pro running in the Chess King Pro interface:

Gelfand, Boris (2739) – Anand, Viswanathan (2799)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Moscow RUS
Date: 2012.05.15

[…] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.¤c3 ¤f6 4.e3 e6 5.¤f3 a6 6.b3 ¥b4 7.¥d2 ¤bd7 8.¥d3 O-O 9.O-O ¥d6 10.£c2 e5 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.e4 exd4 13.¤xd5 ¤xd5 14.exd5 ¤f6 15.h3 +0.2615…¥d7 +0.26 N

(15…h6 16.¦ad1 ¤xd5 17.¤xd4 £f6 18.¥e4 ¤f4 19.¥e3 ¥xh3 20.gxh3 …1/2-1/2, Krush Irina 2437 – Enhbat Tegshsuren 2388 , Internet 9/ 7/2005 US Chess League)

16.¦ad1 +0.2616…¦e8 +0.2617.¤xd4 +0.2617…¦c8 +0.2618.£b1 +0.2618…h6 +0.2619.¤f5 +0.2019…¥xf5 +0.1920.¥xf5 +0.1820…¦c5 +0.1921.¦fe1 +0.1521…¦xd5 +0.1522.¥c3 +0.0022…¦xe1+ +0.0023.¦xe1 +0.0023…¥c5 +0.0024.£c2 +0.0024…¥d4 +0.0025.¥xd4 +0.0025…¦xd4 +0.0026.£c8 +0.0026…g6 +0.0027.¥g4 +0.0027…h5 +0.0228.£xd8+ +0.0228…¦xd8 +0.0029.¥f3 +0.0029…b6 +0.0030.¦c1 -0.0430…¦d6 +0.0331.¢f1 +0.0431…a5 +0.0332.¢e2 +0.0332…¤d5 +0.0333.g3 +0.0433…¤e7 +0.0534.¥e4 +0.03* 34…¢g7

Here are the moves without analysis (for readers who wish to copy and paste them):

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nbd7 8. Bd3
O-O 9. O-O Bd6 10. Qc2 e5 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. e4 exd4 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. exd5 Nf6
15. h3 Bd7 16. Rad1 Re8 17. Nxd4 Rc8 18. Qb1 h6 19. Nf5 Bxf5 20. Bxf5 Rc5 21.
Rfe1 Rxd5 22. Bc3 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Bc5 24. Qc2 Bd4 25. Bxd4 Rxd4 26. Qc8 g6 27.
Bg4 h5 28. Qxd8+ Rxd8 29. Bf3 b6 30. Rc1 Rd6 31. Kf1 a5 32. Ke2 Nd5 33. g3 Ne7
34. Be4 Kg7 1/2-1/2

Have fun! — Steve Lopez

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