Round 5 of the FIDE World Championship was performed right now between the reigning champion, GM Magnus Carlsen and his challenger, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.
(title picture – FIDE / Niki Riga)
Lichess is offering a broadcast of the strikes being performed in real-time. Additionally, GM Nijat Abasov is offering sport annotations and insights on the video games every day. Round 5’s sport annotations might be discovered beneath.
Nepomniachtchi had the white items right now, and used his third White sport on the identical closed Ruy Lopez variation that he performed within the first two. It’s the kind of opening that you just would possibly suppose doesn’t lend itself to lengthy theoretical traces, given the massive variety of affordable strikes. However, issues work in a different way on the GM stage and much more in a different way in a world Championship that the gamers have each been making ready for with a large crew of elite chess gamers and chess machines. Nepomniachtchi arrived to maneuver 18 earlier than he had spent even 10 minutes on his clock.
Magnus selected a not very formidable line and was on the defensive the entire day. Eventually, the sport arrived to an endgame the place Nepomniachtchi had the notorious “symbolic advantage.” You can level to Carlsen’s (theoretical) dangerous bishop, you possibly can level to the engine analysis fluttering between +0.2 and +0.4 however it often isn’t sufficient to offer you a decisive sport. The unplayed transfer 20. c4 caught the eye of Stockfish and reporters on the publish sport press convention, however it solely seems to be like a successful try in comparison with the options. Eventually, Magnus discovered one lively piece, however it didn’t final lengthy. When his rook arrived to the seventh and eighth rank Nepomniachtchi needed to resolve between not buying and selling it off or agreeing to a draw, he selected the latter. According to Magnus: “Unless you count Ra1/Ra2 at the end, I did not make a single active move”
Tomorrow is the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the United Arab Emirates which is internet hosting this occasion. As a end result, the varied celebrations might be given a relaxation day and the subsequent sport will begin on December third at 12:30 UTC.
(GM Nijat Abasov achieved the GM title at simply 15. He was Azeri nationwide champion in 2017, additionally successful the Baku Open the identical yr. He has performed the Tata Steel Challengers and the Grand Swiss (twice), amongst many different tournaments, reaching his all-time peak score of 2670 in February 2020. He lately represented Azerbaijan on the European Team Championships, successful a board prize with a efficiency score of 2760).