ANAND-GELFAND When will the real war begin?
The battle for the crown is getting close to the end. So here is my comments on Game 10 - Very solid game. Yes, because they both know that after losing at this final stage of the match it would be extremely difficult to balance again! It seems that neither player would mind if the match would be 6-6, and then the play offs would decide about the crown. Anand avoided the Svesnikov variation as it happened in game 5. Vishy went to a sideline with 3.Bb5 which he barely ever played in classical games. He always goes to the sharp main lines. Anand could not get any advantage today. Even in the final position it was about equal. Maybe with black I would have played it little on. Of course, by now they are trying to save energy for the last 2 clashes. I really hope that we will see some interesting, bloody games at the end of the match :) I remember when the Kasparov-Karpov world championship match was going on in Seville, in 1987 (I was 11 years old :) and in a 24-game match Karpov took the lead by winning the 23rd game. So Kasparov had to win the last game to equalize, and to remain the WC at. (that time the WC had the draw advantage) I remember how fantastic it was to watch them play. Maybe it was not that amusing for the two Ks tough :)