The World Chess Champion will be crowned in Moscow on Wednesday. But don’t expect the tie-breaker clash between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand to end early. It will go the distance considering the standard of play in the 6-6 tie in the 12 classical games.
There were only two decisive games in the classical format and the rapid and blitz games too should be close even though defending champion Anand enjoys a huge advantage in head-to-head over Israeli in the shorter version of the game.The two met in a mini match in the 2000 FIDE World Cup in Shenzhen (China) which was decided in an Armageddon game after two classical, two rapid and two blitz games had all ended in draws. Anand won the mini match and went on to win the title.
The ongoing World Chess Championship match too has been a close affair, mainly because they have shunned risks and played safe.
Most of their games ended within 30 moves via quick exchange of pieces, causing much disappointment among their fans.
The two have prepared extensively and thus have not only anticipated their rival’s tactics but have been ready with their responses. They have played safe, avoiding complications and only a couple of games have been exciting enough to create a buzz in chess circles.
Now that they have reached the tie-break stage, they will start with four games under rapid chess rules with 25 minutes to each player and a ten seconds increment after every move.
In case the deadlock persists, the two will play two blitz games of five minutes each with a three seconds increment. Five rounds of blitz games can be played. If the deadlock is not resolved, it will be followed by an Armageddon game to decide the winner.
The only thing that can cause excitement during the tie-break will be mistakes that are expected to creep into their game because of the fast pace of play.
The tempo of the game will change drastically and the player who holds his nerves will emerge the winner.