Today’s tenth game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after twenty-five moves. After the excitement of Games 7 and 8, even the toughest chess fans weep at today’s result. The writing was on the proverbial wall when the Queens came off the board at move 12 even before each player’s forces were completely developed; Black’s Kingside minors were all still at home, which is why Anand (with the White pieces) felt safe in offering the Queen swap even though it meant forfeiting his own right to castle. After several more exchanges, the game wound down into a messy Rook + minor piece ending in which Black’s space advantage was meaningless. The match score stands at 5-5. After a rest day on Friday, hostilities will resume on Saturday. Will the game be fireballs or spitballs? Only time will tell… Here is Game 10, replayable by using the arrow buttons below the chessboard, complete with analysis from Houdini 2 Pro generated in the Chess King Pro interface:

Anand, Viswanathan (2799) – Gelfand, Boris (2739)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Moscow
Date: 2012.05.24
[…] 1.e4 c5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 e6 4.¥xc6 bxc6 5.b3 e5 6.¤xe5 +0.076…£e7 +0.077.¥b2 +0.077…d6 +0.078.¤c4 +0.048…d5 +0.00 N
(8…£xe4+ 9.¤e3 ¤f6 10.¥xf6 gxf6 11.¤c3 £g6 12.£f3 ¥d7 13.O-O-O …1-0, Shaposhnikov Evgeny 2542 – Bocharov Dmitry 2425 , Kazan 2001 Ch Russia (juniors) (under 20))
9.¤e3 +0.009…d4 +0.0010.¤c4 +0.0010…£xe4+ -0.0111.£e2 +0.0011…£xe2+ +0.0312.¢xe2 +0.0012…¥e6 +0.0413.d3 +0.0413…¤f6 +0.0414.¤bd2 +0.0414…O-O-O +0.0415.¦he1 +0.0415…¥e7 +0.0416.¢f1 +0.0616…¦he8 +0.0617.¥a3 +0.0417…¤d5 +0.1218.¤e4 +0.1218…¤b4 +0.1219.¦e2 +0.1719…¥xc4 +0.1920.bxc4 +0.1820…f5 +0.1821.¥xb4 +0.1821…cxb4 +0.1522.¤d2 +0.1522…¥d6 +0.1623.¦xe8 +0.0423…¦xe8 +0.0424.¤b3 +0.0424…c5 +0.0425.a3
(25…bxa3 26.¦xa3 ¢b7 27.¦a2 a6 28.¦b2 ¢c7 29.h3 ¦a8 30.¦a2 ¢c6 31.¦a5 ¢b6 32.¢e2 g5 33.g4 ¦e8+ 34.¢f1 fxg4 35.hxg4 ¦f8 36.¦a1 ¥g3 37.¢g2 ¥h4 38.f3 ¦e8 39.¦b1 ¦e2+ 40.¢h3 ¦e3 41.¤xd4+ ¢c7 42.¤b3 ¦xf3+ 43.¢g2 ¦f2+ 44.¢h3 ¦xc2 45.¤xc5 a5 46.¦a1 ¢b6 47.¤d7+ ¢c7 48.¤c5 ¢b6 (0:16:09) 25.a3)
And here is the sushi version for those who wish to copy and paste the game moves: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. b3 e5 6. Nxe5 Qe7 7. Bb2 d6 8. Nc4 d5 9. Ne3 d4 10. Nc4 Qxe4+ 11. Qe2 Qxe2+ 12. Kxe2 Be6 13. d3 Nf6 14. Nbd2 O-O-O 15. Rhe1 Be7 16. Kf1 Rhe8 17. Ba3 Nd5 18. Ne4 Nb4 19. Re2 Bxc4 20. bxc4 f5 21. Bxb4 cxb4 22. Nd2 Bd6 23. Rxe8 Rxe8 24. Nb3 c5 25. a3 1/2-1/2 Have fun! — Steve Lopez