SIMPLECHESS

Grischuk presses but Gelfand holds firm

Alexander Grischuk (official site)
Alexander Grischuk played an early Bf4 against Gelfand's Queen's Gambit, and despite early simplification obtained some advantage. White's dangerous majority meant that Gelfand had to tread very carefully, but he did manage to find a path to a draw in the rook endgame. A worrying start for the experienced Israeli, but the match is still all-square.

After two tight matches, both players have done well to get this far. However the next few days could well be the most important in their careers up to now.

As we have seen so far in Kazan, winning one game can be enough to determine the match result! Here however there are six games (rather than four), so there is more time for the players to make their mark.

In tomorrow's game, Boris Gelfand will have White.

 

Name World rank

Country

Elo

1

2

3

4

5

6

Score
Alexander Grischuk 12

AZE

2747

½            
Boris Gelfand 16

ISR

2733

½            

As for prizes, there will be 90.000 € for each finalist, plus of course the winner gets the right to play Viswanathan Anand for the world crown.

Final Schedule 

Final: Games 1 to 3 are from the 19th to the 21st of May.

May 22nd: Rest day

Games: Games 4 to 6 are from the 23rd to the 25th of May

26th of May: Tiebreaks followed by the Closing Ceremony.

For more information go to official site http://kazan2011.fide.com/

Otherwise another useful source is: Fédération Internationale des Échecs

To watch the games live :  http://kazan2011.fide.com/live-games.html

The games begin at 3 pm local time

1 pm Paris, Madrid

12 noon London

7 am New York

4 am Los Angeles


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