As is known, 12 games with classic time control ended in a draw of 6-6, so in accordance with the rules, the chess champion was determined through additional rapid chess games. The opponents had to play four games with a control of 25 minutes to the end plus 10 seconds per move. The struggle proceeded extremely tensely and dramatically.
In the first game, Boris Gelfand played White. The game shaped up to be quite charged, with each side having chances to win, but eventually all the pieces ended up being exchanged and a draw was recorded.
In the second game after Anand’s opening, playing White, he won a pawn, but Black got its compensation in the form of two bishops. In stubborn defence Gelfand reached a drawish position, but spent a lot of time dealing with the problems in front of him, and under the most acute time pressure he made an error and lost.
In the third game the challenger, using the uncertain play of his opponent, reached a winning position; he could have at one moment left with an extra piece, but did not notice this opportunity. However, Gelfand won a pawn and maintained good chances for success, but made a mistake and missed his opponent’s counterplay. Then Anand made several errors and White got two extra pawns in a rook ending. But at the fall flag the challenger once again made a mistake and it soon ended in a draw.
In the final game, Anand, playing White, had to reach a tie in order to retain the title. He tried to simplify his position too linearly and as a result the game quickly moved out of the opening to the end with somewhat better chances for Black, which had the advantage of two bishops. However, Anand showed resourcefulness and perseverance in his defence and managed to keep his balance.
Thus, the tiebreak ended with a score of 2.5-1.5 in favour of Viswanathan Anand, who retained his world title.
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