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    Default Sixth draw for Anand in World Chess Championship

    Victory continues to elude defending champion Viswanathan Anand as the Indian Grandmaster failed to break the deadlock yet again and had to settle for a draw against challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in the sixth game of the World Chess Championship here on Friday. Anand did well to get an easy draw as black and the impasse continued. The scoreline at the halfway stage now reads 3-3. Gelfand could not break the ice for the third time in a row as white and Anand's preparation in the Semi Slav defense came handy yet again as another insipid draw surfaced soon after the players arrived at the endgame.
    Anand went for one of the old lines this time and showcased another pieces of excellent preparation by sacrificing a pawn on the 14th move which turned out to be a novelty as well.

    Gelfand had little choice other than to grab the pawn but this allowed Anand's pieces a free hand as white's lost a couple of moves. Development of pieces compensated for the pawn a great deal. Gelfand sank in to a deep think soon after and came up with a return sacrifice that ensured him a minimal advantage that was hardly enough to look for more.
    There were just a few important details to note for Anand and he found all the right moves. First a pair of rooks changed hands, then the queens were traded and finally Gelfand's prized Bishop, which was controlling and playing a defending task as well, went off the board almost in a hurry.
    "Anand is excellent in neutralizing small advantages for his opponent," said former world champion Gary Kasparov in
    the commentary room while the game was still in progress.
    The reigning champion did precisely that with exchanges at regular intervals that ensured a just drawn rook and pawns
    endgame. The game was drawn in just 29 moves and Anand still had 30 minutes more than his Israeli counterpart.
    "The position that white had after giving the pawn back looks slightly unpleasant for black as white has better placed
    pieces, I managed to find this sequence of moves which was important and even though my pawns are broken on the queen side, the position is equal," Anand said after the game.
    In the seventh game now the players will change gears after a rest day and Gelfand will again get white pieces. Given the way things have been turning out for Anand especially when playing black, it seems another draw is a real possibility.
    On the flip side, this also means that Anand quest for an elusive victory will have to wait. Gelfand has been giving nothing away as white and Anand, so far, has not been able to push with the favourable colour of the game.
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    Default Anand has lost motivation: Kasparov

    Chess legend Garry Kasparov believes that reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand has lost motivation and the Indian, who is defending his title against Boris Gelfand right now, has been "sliding downhill" for the past few years.

    "What I think with Vishy is that he has lost motivation," Kasparov said in the commentary room of the championship where he came in as a guest of honour.

    Known to be outspoken, Kasparov also said that the ongoing World Championship is not the match to decide the best chess player in the world.

    When asked if the draws will be to Gelfand's benefit, Kasparov opined that it may not be the case.

    "I wouldn't say that the protracted crisis benefits one player or another, I think they're both under huge pressure. Gelfand hasn't won a single game against Vishy since 1993.

    "As for Vishy, I think he's sliding downhill these (last) years. He wants to win, he knows he's a better player, but it's not enough," said Kasparov, who is arguably the best chess player ever.

    Kasparov also believes that the previous matches played by Anand were more intense.

    "Anand-Kramnik (2008) and Anand-Topalov (2010) were very tense, a lot of ideas, and not just about decisive games, you could see there was so much fighting spirit by both sides. They were also players of the highest calibre and they had a lot at stake, but no one was afraid to take risks," he said.

    Anand's lack of success in tournaments in the past years also came under the scrutiny from Kasparov.

    "Hopefully we can still see some sign of greatness of the past but if you look at the record from 2008 to 2012 there are four years and it's not very inspiring," Kasparov said.

    Another Russian Grandmaster Peter Svidler nodded in agreement.

    "He (Vishy) hasn't been a great tournament player for years and I think that's a conscious decision by him because he just conserves energy (for the world championship matches)," said Svidler, who is a good friend of Anand.

    Meanwhile, after playing out a sixth draw on the trot, Gelfand was not impressed with Kasparov's comments.

    "May be Kasparov wants to remind everyone that he was once the strongest chess player in the world," retorted the Israeli while Anand simply said he did not have time to think about it.

    The World championship enters the second half with back-to-back white games for Gelfand. So far, it has been a dull affair with neither player managing to push the other in any way.

    Anand apparently had his chances in game three when he had an extra pawn. Apart from that, the defending champion has been surprised in both his white games even though with black his defences have been impregnable.
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    Default Anand, Gelfand 9th game ends in a draw

    After the shortest decisive game in the history of the championship, the Moscow World chess title contest provided the longest game of the match when World champion Viswanathan Anand fought grimly for 49 moves to get a draw against Boris Gelfand of Israel on Wednesday. The longest game before this in the match was Anand's loss in 38 moves in the seventh game and the shortest, of course, was his 17-move win in Game 8.

    Anand showed his defensive skills again to keep the match tied at 4.5-4.5 after nine games. He will have white in Game 10 on Thursday. From a purely theoretical opening, the game took a turn for the better for Gelfand as Anand played some strange moves but the Israeli was perhaps not convinced that the position was ripe for him to go for the kill. Simplifying the position with a series of exchanges, Anand built up a fortress by move 40 to save a game that looked lost for him at one stage.

    "My position was worse as he had two bishops for my knights," commented Anand after the game. "My chances hinged on the fortress that I was going to choose. In fact, I had many options and I think I chose the right one."

    Anand shelved the Slav after his mishap in the seventh game. The Nimzo-Indian was back and the book was followed in the first 10 moves. Gelfand deviated from the main line with a queen move followed by another interesting idea that would block black's plan of playing a useful queen move.

    Anand spent close to 20 minutes for his 12th move and forced some exchanges that put him in a slightly backward position. The World champion, a strong player of the bishops, would now have the knight pair against the bishops of his opponent.

    Though, Gelfand was saddled with an isolated pawn in the centre, after Anand's exchanges, the pawn became a good weapon to be used for a future break. White looked much better when the bishop on the kingside took a threatening square and the commentators immediately saw a bleak future in the game for Anand.

    But the positive outlook for Gelfand lasted only three moves as they quickly went on the defensive when the Israeli pushed his queen-bishop pawn and simplified the position further. Now it looked as though Anand had found a way out of trouble and the clock also showed him ahead of his rival for the first time as Gelfand thought hard for these moves.

    What followed was an exciting exchange in which Anand gave his queen for rook and bishop and with that black seemed to have defended the position pretty well. Of course, Gelfand still kept a slight advantage and had to target the pawn in the seventh rank. Anand's rook and knight put up solid resistance to force the deadlock.
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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