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    Entries in Boris Gelfand (60)

    Monday
    Aug152016

    Boris Gelfand Q & A Sessions

    In two parts. Enjoy!

    Friday
    Aug122016

    Short Interviews with Great Players

    Boris Gelfand, Alexei Shirov, Jan Timman and other stars sit down for brief interviews, which you can find here.

    Wednesday
    Aug102016

    Boris Gelfand Lecture

    A two-hour long lecture by Boris Gelfand, promoting but not replicating the material in his forthcoming book, Dynamic Decision Making in Chess. The sound quality could have been better, but it's still worth watching, IMHO.

    Friday
    Jul222016

    This Week's World Chess Column: Gelfand Crushes Inarkiev

    Ernesto Inarkiev has enjoyed a nice run of form lately, but that came to a brutal end in his classical & rapid match with Boris Gelfand. When we left off last week Gelfand led the 12-game match 1.5-.5; today it finished with Gelfand the 12-6 winner.

    The match was divided into two halves: six classical games, which counted double in the overall scoring, and six rapid games. Gelfand won the classical portion with an undefeated 4-2 score - which converted into an 8-4 match score - and then raced out to an undefeated 4-1 margin in the rapid games. He finished with a thud, unfortunately, losing the final rapid game (with White, at that), but it was still a commanding performance by the 2012 World Championship finalist.

    In my World Chess column this week I go into further detail, and analyze games 3-12 of the match. (Games 1 & 2 were analyzed in the previous week's column.) Have a look.

    Friday
    Jul152016

    This Week's World Chess Column: The Gelfand-Inarkiev Match

    In my World Chess column this week I take a look at yet another super-event going on these days, the classical and rapid match between Boris Gelfand and Ernesto Inarkiev. The current score is 2-1 in Gelfand's favor after three classical games; my column, written after game 2, discusses the match and analyzes game 1, which was drawn, and Gelfand's win in game 2.

    Monday
    Jul042016

    Gelfand Interview: On Missing the Coming Olympiad

    There are other topics covered as well, so it's worth checking out this interview of Boris Gelfand.

    Sunday
    May012016

    Gelfand Interview, Part 2

    Part 1 of a recent interview with Boris Gelfand was noted in this post; here now is part 2, which focuses more on biography and opinions than on chess material.

    Saturday
    Apr302016

    Improve Your Chess: An Interview with Boris Gelfand (Part 1 of 2)

    This interview with Boris Gelfand is worth your while, not least for the book recommendations.

    Tuesday
    Mar152016

    Kramnik and Gelfand on the Candidates: Age or Youth?

    Both Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand remain near the top of the heap of world chess, despite their both being north of 40 years of age, but the interviews compiled here they take opposing sides when it comes to the role of age in the ongoing Candidates' tournament. Which player took which side? I'll let you guess before looking it up, although since one of the two often refers to himself as a "pensioner" you can probably figure it out in advance. As for which of the two is correct, we'll have to wait and see.

    Saturday
    Feb132016

    Zurich, Day 1: Anand Starts 2-0; Gelfand Wins the Sideshows

    Mark Twain famously wrote, "the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated", and Viswanathan Anand could say the same. Given up for dead - again - in the wake of his poor performance in Gibraltar a week or two ago, he has shown - again - that he remains a top player, and must be considered a legitimate contender to win the Candidates' tournament in March.

    Anand won both games today, crushing Levon Aronian with White in the opener and defeating Anish Giri with Black in round 2. All the other games in both rounds were drawn except for the round two matchup between Alexei Shirov and Hikaru Nakamura. Shirov's attempt to create his trademark "fire on board" backfired (pun intended); in particular, his exchange sac on move 36 was a lemon or involved a serious miscalculation (possibly in serious time trouble). Both 36.a5 and 36.Rh1 - two moves which avoid going a pawn down - sufficed to maintain equality. I'll draw your attention to one other game from round 2: Vladimir Kramnik's wild battle with Levon Aronian. Kramnik played the dynamic, sacrificial chess characteristic of his play the past several years, and while it wasn't good enough for a win the game was highly entertaining.

    There was an "undercard" of sorts: a two-game match between Boris Gelfand and Alexander Morozevich. Gelfand drew the first game with Black and won the second with White. Afterwards he played a second exhibition, this time a single game with chess sponsor (and very strong amateur) Oleg Skvortsov. Gelfand had White and Skvortsov was busted early, but the latter managed to make a very exciting game of it. The game had a nice touch near the end, when Gelfand played 42.Bc1! It wasn't the only winning move in the position, but it was certainly the prettiest.

    All the games are here, and I've annotated Anand-Aronian from round 1.