Photo: AP
Gelfand at World Chess Championship
Photo: AP

Gelfand faces setback in Chess Championship

Israeli chess player loses game 8 of World Chess Championship; four games to go in high-stakes competition

A day after beating reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand in game 7 of the World Chess Championship, Israeli player Boris Gelfand faced his opponent yet again on Monday but lost the eighth set of the 12-part competition.


The overall winner in the championship, which is set to conclude on May 30, is to win $1.53 million, while the loser will get $1.02 million.


Wednesday's win marked a giant step toward making history and winning the coveted world title. The consequent setback tied the championship at 4:4, with four games to go.


Gelfand's wife, Maya, expressed confidence in her husband's skills on Monday: "I disregard other people's opinions. I know he can win."


She said that she does not consider the competition a pleasant experience, but as "hard work."


"Boris is focused, he's very tense, he's gathering all his strength," she told Ynet. "He has no time for excitement, it's time to work."



פרסום ראשון: 05.21.12, 16:02
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