Yannick Pelletier completed the first series of games with his fourth draw in a lively struggle against Alexei Shirov that ended in perpetual check.
Morozevich's win, at the expence of the bottom-placed Caruana, was in a Catalan where the Russian took the pawn on c4 and hung onto it until deep in the endgame.
Vachier-Lagrave had all the trumps in a uniquely major piece middlegame, and despite staunch resistance the World No.1 was eventually beaten into submission.
The summary of Round 5:
|Maxime Vachier-Lagrave||2722||1-0||Magnus Carlsen||2821||96||Anti-Sicilian|
|Fabiano Caruana||2711||0-1||Alexander Morozevich||2694||52||Anti-Meran Gambit|
|Yannick Pelletier||2590||½-½||Alexei Shirov||2714||38||Catalan Opening|
One unusual factor in the pairings system is that the players sometimes have three consecutive games with the same colour: Pelletier started with three Whites, and Caruana has already suffered three Blacks in a row!
The standings after round 5:
The classification according to the Biel points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw) is as follows:
The rate of play: