Album 61

From Chessbase:

In 2012 Boris Gelfand reached the peak of his career by playing against Anand for the World Championship. He narrowly lost the match in the rapid-tie-break. Gelfand’s father has meticulously recorded the career of his son in 61 photo albums. These pictures inspired the documentary “Album 61” which now is shown at the Filmfest Hamburg in Germany.

Here’s the trailer:

The article is here.

Good to see that Boris is getting some publicity, still. He appears to have missed out on the current cycle of world chess championship rounds, but hopefully he will – once again – defy the odds and make a return to challenge for the crown.

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Happy birthday Boris!

Israeli chess player (grandmaster), and former world champion finalist, Boris Gelfand is 45 today. His celebrations may have an extra kick, as yesterday he won the prestigious Tal Memorial in Moscow, a tournament that honors the memory of the former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal. The field included seven players with higher ratings than Boris, one being the current World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, so it was no mean achievement.

You can read more here and here.

Well played, Boris. And have a happy birthday!

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Chess Update Final

Boris lost. He drew the regular matches 6-6, but lost the tiebreak (sort of like losing on penalties in soccer) 1.5/2.5. Vishy lived up to his reputation as a master of the fast format game, although Boris came close to causing an upset. But it was not to be.

There’s a decent report here and here.

“It’s always nice when people support you in your country and I heard it was really big support. It’s important that this moment will be kept and chess will get [a] better position in society. Chess is on the very low stage today. We had many talented players but people were telling them ‘it is not a profession, it is just [a] waste of time, you should get another job.’ As a result we lost few generations of players. We have a few professional chess players left in the country. I do hope hundreds of thousands [of] children will learn how to play chess and we will see top tournaments in our country and such [a] profession will be able to exist in Israel.”

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Chess Update III

Inevitably, after celebrating Boris’ win, he came back to earth with a thump (and a crushing loss). But he did show his iron resolve with his own fightback, and a series of draws that leaves the match tied at 6-6. Tomorrow is the tiebreak:

According to the rules, the players must now play a tie-break: four games of rapid chess (25 minutes until the end plus 10 seconds per move). If they finish with a score of 2-2, a match of two blitz games will be played (5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move). If the score is still even, another match of two blitz games will be played (in total no more than 5 such matches). If the winner is not determined from these 10 games, the decisive Armageddon will be played.

Wish I were there.

Good luck, Boris!

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Chess update

After three games of the World Chess Championship, Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand are tied. (If they are still even after twelve matches, there is a tie break.)

I guess Boris will be the happier of the two players; he has shown that he is up to the challenge of competing at this lofty level, withstood two games as black, and is level on points. And, although Boris was in real danger of losing in the last game, he held his nerve and passed that most serious test of his resolve.

In short, all to play for!

Game White Black Opening Result
1 Anand Gelfand Gruenfeld ½ – ½
2 Gelfand Anand Semi-Slav ½ – ½
3 Anand Gelfand Neo-Gruenfeld ½ – ½

World Chess Championship Official Site

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