Anand – Gelfand, Game 5

The extent of Boris Gelfand’s preparation for this match became clear today as he unveiled another new opening against Vishwanathan Anand’s 1.e4. The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence is known to be a razor sharp and highly theoretical line in which White needs some very serious preparation to hope for anything. But how could Anand prepare for something his opponent had not played before?

It’s becoming clear that Gelfand has put a massive amount of work in for this match, and his astute choice of defences has not allowed the Champion to use his great abilities. Can he do better with White in the next game?


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: