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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Congratulations to GM Boris Gelfand for winning Candidates Chess Matches 2011

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Hello everybody,

Here is a prediction - Our next world chess champion will be older than 40 years in 2012! 

Congratulations to Grandmaster Boris Gelfand for winning and congratulations to Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk for such fighting chess.

Indeed, Grandmaster Boris Gelfand of Israel has beaten Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk of Russia to win the Candidates Chess Matches in Kazan and has earned the right to challenge the current World Chess Champion Vishy Anand for the title in 2012. 

After five draws which included a miracle save by the Israeli grandmaster, he went on to win a strategical game - the sixth one. Here is the game that you can rerun in our gameplayer that works on all kinds of platforms including your iPad. (You can find great photos of GM Boris Gelfand at

The Candidates matches were scheduled from May 3-27 in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Levon Aronian (Armenia), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) were knocked out in the quarter-finals. In the semis, Alexander Grischuk (Russia) won against Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Boris Gelfand beat Gata Kamsky (USA). The quarter-finals and semi-finals consisted of four classical games and tie-breaks; there are six classical games in the final. 

GM Boris Gelfand's card

World Rank
World (all players): 17
World (active players): 16
National Rank ISR
National (all players): 1
National (active players): 1
Continent Rank Europe
Rank (all players): 15
Rank (active players): 14
FIDE Titles (year)
Grand Master (GM) 1989
International Master (IM) 1987

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