Originally Posted by sixfour
when this obviously goes to 12 consecutive draws and tiebreaks, it isn't an auto-anand win, right? iirc gelfand isn't a huge fish at rapid
Anand is really already on another level than Gelfand in classical, an edge that's only being magnified with Gelfand apparently content to play for a draw as white. So it's unlikely Gelfand makes it to the tie breaks. If he does, it's over. Their record excluding draws in rapid is 8-1 Anand. In blitz it's 3-0 Anand. For that matter, the last time Gelfand beat Anand in classical chess was nearly 2 decades ago - 1993.
I can only assume Gelfand's strategy here is to simply get through the first 9 or 10 games without losing since a loss would be all but impossible for him to come back from. Then in the last handful of games go for the jugular, hope to get lucky and hold onto the point against a newly motivated and energized Anand. I think the most likely result is Gelfand ends up losing a game before the end, then goes all out trying to regain the point and ends up losing another at which point he goes into a shell just trying to save some face. I'll call it here: +2 =10 -0 Anand.