MOSCOW - Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand has beat world champion Viswanathan Anand of India in the seventh game of the World Chess Championship, after the last six games between the two have ended in a draw.
Anand is the incumbent world champion, and the last time Gelfand beat him was 19 years ago.
From the start it was clear that this match would be different from those preceding it. Gelfand, who played white, started with the same Slav Defense, which he used in the past games six games between the two, but in his sixth tern he played a variation on the opening, which eventually led to his victory.
Anand has been seen as the favorite in the competition since he has more experience in competitions in this scale. He is one of the only six grandmasters in history to cross the 2800-point chess rating mark.
Former world champion Garry Kasparov, supplied some insights in the contest between Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand. Kasparov was quick to declare that, in fact, the two are contesting the title of "world champion," not "best chess player in the world."
"One can understand Gelfand," Kasparov said, "in the past 20 years he hasn't managed to beat Anand in classic chess even once. He's very concentrated, since he understands that one defeat can put an end to his aspirations, especially in such a short tournament." Kasparov claims that Anand, too, "isn't the same player he once was, and is afraid of losing since he knows he'll find it very difficult to win." Kasparov said he wouldn't be surprised if the tournament goes down to a tie-break.