Anand – Gelfand, Game 1

I tuned into the first Anand – Gelfand match yesterday and wondered if White could sacrifice the exchange with 14.c4!?. Probably it isn’t good enough but it does offer some compensation for the exchange.

Gelfand made a clever opening choice, adopting the Gruenfeld could hardly have been expected and Anand’s innocuous 8.Bb5+ left him with nothing.

Watching live games and trying to guess the moves is a good way of trying to improve. Not only do you test yourself, you get new insights into the minds of champions.

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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: