London Chess Classic 2013 Final Games: Hikaru Nakamura – Boris Gelfand 1.5 – 1.0

Twenty-six-year-old US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of the USA has won the 5th London Chess Classic, staged this year as a rapid chess tournament and billed as the Super Sixteen Rapid. The top American Grandmaster defeated former world championship finalist Boris Gelfand of Israel by 1½-½ in the final. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

London Chess Classic 2013: All Knockout Games (Quarter and Semi-Finals)

After exciting knockout games at the London Chess Classic 2013, it is Boris Gelfand of Israel and Hikaru Nakamura who are going to fight for the title at the Olympia Centre in London on Sunday. Here are all the knockout games from the semi-finals and quarter-finals. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix Round 3: Gelfand Shows How to Win Queen vs Rook in Dominguez Game

Boris Gelfand is leading at the Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 after three rounds. You can watch the last leg of the Grand Prix Series 2012/13 at the official site. In the game against Domingquez, Gelfand was in the copybook position of Queen versus Rook. He was up to the challenge. Watch the game with Chess King. We also have a nice chess video teaching you how to win Queen vs Rook endgames. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 1: Boris Gelfand – Anish Giri 1-0

The Paris Chess Grand Prix event has begun. The first round had exciting games even though only one proved to be decisive. Here is the game Boris Gelfand – Anish Giri 1-0. It was a Slav with 4.e3. Anish Giri went for an exchange sacrifice, but failed to earn the compensation that should have come in. Boris Gelfand has enough experience to pull in a victory from such situations and he followed suitably. Replay the game with Chess King. Commenting for the official website of the Paris Chess Grand Prix, WGM Alina l’Ami wrote: In the game 28…Qd8 was played but 28…Qc5 is perhaps better, preventing the regrouping Bf1, and later on it was essential to play g5 in order to stop f4 and h4. Gelfand then confidently pressed to a win. In their previous encounters, Giri had scored two full points with the same colour of today’s round: Black! Maybe the Dutch should have remained faithful to his Dutch opening from Beijing. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 7: Boris Gelfand – Ding Liren 1-0

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 Round 7: World Title Challenger Boris Gelfand joined Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the lead at the tournament with this win over Chinese GM Ding Liren. The latter’s blunder in middlegame and later time trouble allowed White to cruise to an important win. Replay the game below with Chess King. You can read a full report on the seventh round at this super chess tournament on Chess Blog. Read more…

Alekhine Chess Memorial 2013 R3: Boris Gelfand – Michael Adams 1-0

Only one game proved decisive in the third round of the Alekhine Ches Memorial 2013. It was Boris Gelfand grinding down Michael Adams after the latter’s perfect score in the first two rounds. Black’s Queen’s Gambit Declined structure was passive giving White a strong hold over the game. The error with 24… Kg7 eventually led the tournament leader to resign. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King below. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R3: Boris Gelfand-Magnus Carlsen 0-1

London Chess Candidates 2013 Round 3: Magnus Carlsen gained his first victory at the tournament squeezing out a win from a drawish position against former World Title Challenger Boris Gelfand. Thanks to Queenside double passer-pawns, the World No. 1 was able to showcase a delightful endgame for his fans. Check out a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King below. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R2: Levon Aronian-Boris Gelfand 1-0

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London: The second game that proved decisive in the second round was World No. 3 Levon Aronian taking home a win as former World Title Challenger Boris Gelfand blundered away the game. Read a report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

London Chess GP Gelfand-Kasimdzhanov 1-0 Find Strong Move

Heard of the Semi-Slav Moscow variation in chess? (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6) That’s the one that was employed in the Boris Gelfand-Rustam Kasimdzhanov game in the last round of the London Chess Grand Prix on Wednesday. (Full report on Chess Blog.) Black sacrificed a pawn with 12. …c5, but couldn’t regain the compensation. White also sacrificed an exchange to build connected passer-pawns down the b- and c-file. We pick up the game with the position on the left. Black has just taken the pawn 40….Nxc7! Of course, it’s all won for White. Understanding that the players were tired, Boris Gelfand played 41.Nxc7 and eventually won the game a few moves down. But, can you spot a real fun way/much stronger move to win the position at the 41st move for White? Read more…

London Chess Grand Prix R9: Grischuk’s Closed Sicilian Beats Gelfand

Round 9 was an exciting one at the London Chess Grand Prix with Alexander Grischuk beating Boris Gelfand. The latter has lead for much of the tournament and the lead now goes to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Read the full report on Chess Blog. You can see the game below in Chess King applet. Read more…

London Chess Grand Prix: Assess this Endgame!

Here is a position from the London Chess Grand Prix Round 7 (Report on Chess Blog.) The game was between Michael Adams and Boris Gelfand. Black dilutes down to a won endgame, but how to win it? Look at the pawn situation and come up with a strategic idea for Black to win. Remember, you need to think of strategy first before the move pattern here. Read more…

London Chess Grand Prix R4: Wang Hao Blunders vs Gelfand

The position is from Boris Gelfand-Wang Hao during the fourth round at the London Chess Grand Prix (Report on Chess Blog.) Black has just played 55. …Kh7. Do you know why that is a blunder? This win gives Boris Gelfand sole lead at the London Chess Grand Prix after four rounds. Read more…

London Chess Grand Prix R1: Nakamura-Gelfand 0-1

White has just played 56.Kg2. Suggest a good move for Black

The London Chess Grand Prix has begun with a grand ceremony. The first round (Report on Chess Blog.) saw one decisive game between current US chess champion Hikaru Nakamura and world title challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel. The game is a lesson in King activity in the endgame. In the position on the left, what would be the best move for Black? Read more…

World Chess Championship Game 1998: Anand-Karpov 1-0

“I did not expect that I would manage to win and now I am very, very happy. I am so pleased that I have managed to level the scores, that for the moment I am not thinking about tomorrow’s tie-break. I will think about it later.” – World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand remarked thus after winning the sixth game at the Lausanne, Switzerland World Chess Championship, 1998 when playing against Russia’s Anatoly Karpov – the 12th World Chess Champion. Read more…

World Rapid Chess Championship 2012: Karjakin Powerplay Against Gelfand

Sergey Karjakin Powerplay

The World Rapid Chess Championship began in Astana, Kazakhstan today. You can find a full report on the event at Chess Blog. Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen lead after the first day. How about some Karjakin powerplay against none other than World Chess Championship 2012 challenger Boris Gelfand. Read more…

How to Prepare with Chess King to Beat World Chess Champion Vishy Anand!

We have just received a lot of queries from Chess King users about whether they could actually use this amazing software to prepare for a match against the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, his challenger Boris Gelfand, super-strong players like Peter Svidler… or, even Gary Kasparov! Our answer is ‘Of course, Yes!’ Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand beats Gelfand on tiebreak 2.5 – 1.5

The headline says it all. In today’s tiebreak session of the 2012 World Chess Championship, Viswanathan Anand retained his title with a 2.5 to 1.5 victory over challenger Boris Gelfand in the tiebreak “mini match”. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Gelfand, Game 12 – you get one guess

Today was supposed to be the final game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand. I say “supposed to be” because after twelve ganes the score stands at 6-6, which means that the match goes to tiebreak on Wednesday. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs. Gelfand: Game 11, more of the same

Today’s penultimate game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand ended in yet another draw. Materially at the end Black was a pawn up, which was offset by White’s Bishop pair with pawns on both sides of the board. Even the world’s strongest commercial chess program Houdini 2 Pro finds no way for either player to make headway (see the analysis below). Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs. Gelfand: Game 10 drawn

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. Read more…