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Anand surprises with draw offer

Did Viswanathan Anand miss a trick or two to put challenger Boris Gelfand under pressure in the 12th and final game of their World Chess Championship match in Moscow on Monday? HT reports.

other Updated: May 28, 2012 23:33 IST
HT Correspondent

Did Viswanathan Anand miss a trick or two to put challenger Boris Gelfand under pressure in the 12th and final game of their World Chess Championship match in Moscow on Monday?


This was the question being asked in the cyber world after the Indian Grandmaster made a draw offer couple of hours into the last classical game with a slight advantage and his opponent down to 15 minutes on the clock to make 18 moves.

Gelfand had made an error just two moves before they agreed to a draw after Anand made his 22nd move.

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik felt Anand failed to hold nerve and instead of exploiting the situation seems to have decided to try his luck in the tiebreak. Though he agreed that Anand had only a slight advantage, Kramnik felt he should have continued, just to check whether Gelfand would make any mistakes in time trouble. However, later in the press conference, Anand said there was nothing to play for. “You need to have pieces to play further.”