SIMPLECHESS

Lots of fight, but no wins in the Tal Memorial

Carlsen against Ivanchuk (from the live coverage, with analysis! See official site during play)
Some tense battles again today led to another five draws. However, unlike yesterday none of the players ever seemed on the verge of victory. The sixth round is on Tuesday after tomorrow's rest day. The same four players lead on 3/5.

Sergey Karjakin against Peter Svidler was relatively short, but was not without incident. White combined and opened Black's king, but a clever defensive move by Svidler forced Karjakin to settle for perpetual check.

Hikaru Nakamura was able to win the exchange with a combination involving a temporary piece sacrifice. However in return, Levon Aronian had an active deployment plus a pawn, and Nakamura was under some pressure until he sacrificed back the exchange for a drawish rook endgame.

Magnus Carlsen reacted actively in the Grünfeld, giving up a pawn for active development. Even the exchange of queens didn't stem his elan and it was Ivanchuk who was seeking drawish simplification. Black had strong pressure with Rook, bishop and superior king against passive rook and knight. Ivanchuk however was up to the defensive task.

Boris Gelfand gave up the exchange for a pawn in the middlegame. One consideration must have been his safer king, but Nepomniachtchi was able to consolidate and even take some advantage. However, Gelfand's ultra-safe monarch where Nepomniachthci's was vulnerable, meant that the Russian couldn't exoploit his extra material.

Finally, the Anand-Kramnik encounter was a dull affair. Black equalized and the symmetric pawns gave no real winning chances.

Here is a summary of the fifth round games:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 0.5-0.5 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 26 Sicilian Kan
Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 0.5-0.5 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 62 Grünfeld Defence 4.Bg5
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758

0.5-0.5

Levon Aronian ARM 2802 53 Queen's Gambit Declined 3...Be7
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 36 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775

0.5-0.5

Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 76 Grünfeld 4.Bf4

The table after the fifth round:

Place Name Country Rating Points
1-4 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 3
1-4 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 3
1-4 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 3
1-4 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 3
5-7 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 2.5
5-7 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 2.5
5-7 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 2.5
8-9 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 2
8-9 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 2
10 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 1.5

Details of the earlier games:

The first round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758

0.5-0.5

Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 34 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 42 Nimzoindian 4.Qc2
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 1-0 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 61 Grünfeld 4.e3
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 0-1 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 53 English Symmetrical
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 57 Queen's Indian 4.g3 Ba6

The second round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 38 Slav Defence 4.e3
Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763

0.5-0.5

Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 43 Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be2
Peter Svidler RUS 2755

0.5-0.5

Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 23 Caro-Kann Advance
Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730

0.5-0.5

Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 76 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Levon Aronian ARM 2802

0.5-0.5

Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 49 Queen's Gambit Tarrasch

The third round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 0-1 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 59 Open Catalan
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 0-1 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 48 Grünfeld Exchange 7.Bc4
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811

0.5-0.5

Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 27 Grünfeld (Russian Variation)
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 0-1 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 57 Spanish Berlin
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800

0.5-0.5

Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 41 English (Botvinnik) 

The fourth round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 0.5-0.5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 67 Nimzoindian 4.Qc2
Peter Svidler RUS 2755 0.5-0.5 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 40 Reti Opening
Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730

0.5-0.5

Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 85 Sicilian Dragon
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 60 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800

0.5-0.5

Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 57 Chebanenko Slav

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