FIDE Candidates Matches in Kazan against top Russian GM Alexander Grischuk and hence become challenger to the World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India.
This match will take place in the first half of 2012.
In and extremely good performance by Gelfand, Grischuk stopped his clock after move 35 and four hours of play.
In the press conference immediately after the game, GM Boris Gelfand stated that he was somewhat "lucky" when his opponent chose a variation in the Gruenfeld Defence which was very familiar for him. With a novelty on move 13, white really surprised the Russian GM and after move 16 the clocks showed a very unusual picture: black had spent exactly one hour more than white: Gelfand 9 minutes, Grischuk 1 hour and 9 minutes.