Anand Wins The Play Off

Despite the randomness inherent in so few games, Vishwanathan Anand won the play off against Boris Gelfand to retain his World Championship title. After winning the second game of this four game mini match he managed to draw the last two. Gelfand certainly had his chances and might have won the third, so it was a tough struggle right to the very end.

The games were much harder fought and more interesting than we had in the ‘classical chess’ part of the match, which makes one wonder why we bothered with that at all! But a discussion of time limits deserves an article on its own.

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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: