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7th London Chess Classic 2015 (5)

Anand defeats Topalov in the only decisive game of round 5

Anand beat Topalov in Round 5. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill

Anand beat Topalov in Round 5. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill | https://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com/Sports/Chess-2015/2015-London-Chess-Classic/

Viswanathan Anand was the latest player to defeat out of form Veselin Topalov in the fifth round of the London Chess Classic. He returns to 50%. In spite of leading the Grand Tour standings going into this final event Topalov's poor start has ruled him out of contention for first place.

There were three Berlin Defences in the round. Fabiano Caruana got a small advantage out of the opening against Alexander Grischuk but it didn't seem to promise many winning chances but he did make progress in time trouble and did miss at least one clear win with 46.Qg6 before allowing Grischuk to escape with a draw.

Anish Giri produced an improvement in a known line of the Berlin Adams-Kramnik from last year with 19...Nd4 and obtained a quick draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Michael Adams made an interesting thrust with his h-pawn against Hikaru Nakamura but lost the pawn on h6. In spite of that Adams had enough to draw.

Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen draw in 40 moves

Round 5 standings: 1st Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, Giri 3pts 4th Grischuk, Caruana, Anand, Adams, Aronian, Carlsen 2.5pts 10th Topalov 1pt

Thursday 10 Dec, 4pm: Giri-Carlsen, Nakamura-Aronian, Topalov-Adams, Grischuk-Anand and Vachier-Lagrave-Caruana.

7th London Classic 2015 London (ENG), 3-14 xii 2015 cat. XXII (2785)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2793 * ½ . ½ . . ½ ½ 1 . 3 2841
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2765 ½ * ½ . . ½ ½ . . 1 3 2866
3. Giri, Anish g NED 2778 . ½ * ½ ½ . ½ . . 1 3 2840
4. Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 ½ . ½ * ½ ½ . . ½ . 2801
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2781 . . ½ ½ * ½ . ½ ½ . 2792
6. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2850 . ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ . 2776
7. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2750 ½ ½ ½ . . . * ½ . ½ 2785
8. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 ½ . . . ½ ½ ½ * . ½ 2795
9. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2803 0 . . ½ ½ ½ . . * 1 2794
10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 . 0 0 . . . ½ ½ 0 * 1 2536
Round 5 (December 8, 2015)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Giri, Anish ½-½ 31 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Adams, Michael - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 56 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 40 D41 Semi-Tarrasch Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 58 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 74 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

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