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?