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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

World Chess Championship 2012 - Don't Take Gelfand Lightly, Says Anand Second Ganguly

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Hi everyone,

Here is a comment by World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand's second GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly from India. Gangul, speaking to an Indian newspaper, says Boris Gelfand -- the challenger in the forthcoming World Chess Championship 2012 to take place in Moscow -- cannot be taken lightly.

Indeed, according to the current form and statistics, Anand goes into the event as a favourite against Gelfand, but says Ganguly, "We have to remember that Gelfand is among the top chess players of the world for the last 10 years or so. He is a great positional player with a strong Soviet chess background. Also, Gelfand won the right to challenge Anand by winning the Candidates meet in which the world's leading players took part."

Anand has been the World Chess Champion from 2000 to 2002 when the top chess title was split. He won the unified title in 2007, and successfully defended it against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He defended it again against Veselin Topalov in 2010.

Gelfand is playing the highest tournament of the chess world for the first time and would be extremely motivated and hungry, says Ganguly. Gelfand, born June 24, 1968, in Minsk, Belarus (formerly part of the USSR), emigrated to Israel in 1998 where he lives at present.

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