A tense run at the 2012 World Chess Championship in Moscow came to a close on Wednesday for Israel's Boris Gelfand, who finished second to defending world champion Viswanathan Anand of India after the reigning titleholder scored a victory in the tiebreaker round.
After the original best-of-12 series finished in a 6-6 tie (one win for each man and 10 draws), Wednesday's tiebreaker was scheduled to begin with four rapid games, after which a series of "blitzkrieg" games would ensue if there was still no winner. That proved unnecessary, as Viswanathan won the second rapid game, then held on for draws in the final two contests to clinch the series and retain his title.
It's a disappointing result for the Belarus-born Gelfand, who led the best-of-12 after seven games, but an improvement over his performance at the 2007 Championship in Mexico City, where he finished third behind Viswanathan and former champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.
Gelfand will have another chance to unseat Anand: As the second-place finisher, he'll be the top seed in the Candidates Tournament, which will determine Anand's challenger for next year's championship. In the meantime, Gelfand will pocket $1 million in prize money.
J-Connection: Boris Gelfand is Jewish.