Gelfand – Anand, Game 9

Boris Gelfand held the upper hand throughout in the 9th game of his World Championship challenge against Vishwanathan Anand. Anand abandoned his 5…a6 Semi-Slav in favor of the solid Nimzo-Indian. White was better in the early middle game thanks to his bishop pair, but 19.c5 led to simplifications and a draw.

Time is running out for Gelfand if he wishes to win the match before entering the rapid play tie break. Anand almost certainly has the better chances at faster rates of play.

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