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FIDE Candidates 2016 (5)

Four draws in Candidates Round 5

The fifth round of the Candidates finished after just four hours of play with four draws. This leaves Sergey Karjakin leading with 3.5/5 half a point clear of Levon Aronian, the bulk of the field is a further half point back.

Levon Aronian sacrificed a lot of material against Fabiano Caruana's Benoni in a double edged game that finished with a repetition in a still complicated but probably balanced position. Both players thought it was risky for black to try and continue. Caruana said that he'd been wanting to play the Benoni for a while but his opponents hadn't given him the opportunity before.

Peter Svidler came under mild pressure for the first time in the event against Anish Giri. While there wasn't anything particularly clear Giri had a small edge but by the time black played 23...Bd7 he had more or less equalised and he repeated shortly afterwards. Svidler was upset he'd misplayed the position after getting a good opening, most likely 13...Bf5 was an error (13...Be6) but things were never that terrible.

Viswanathan Anand didn't seem in the mood for much of a fight against Hikaru Nakamura after his loss in round 4 and he forced a draw by repetition with his 24.g5.

Veselin Topalov drew the final game to finish against Sergey Karjakin. Computers point out Topalov could have tried the sharp 16.Nxf7 which might have led to something. After that the position stayed roughly balanced and was drawn on move 41.

Round 5 Standings: Karjakin 3.5pts, Aronian 3pts, Giri, Svidler, Anand, Caruana 2.5pts, Nakamura 2pts, Topalov 1.5pts.

Round 6 Pairings Thursday 17th March 2016 12pm GMT: Anand-Svidler, Topalov-Giri, Aronian-Nakamura, Caruana-Karjakin

FIDE Candidates 2016 Moscow (RUS), 10-30 iii 2016 cat. XXII (2778)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 * * . . ½ . ½ . . . 1 . 1 . ½ . 2925
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2786 . . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . ½ . . . 1 . 3 2849
3. Giri, Anish g NED 2793 ½ . ½ . * * ½ . ½ . . . ½ . . . 2777
4. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2757 ½ . ½ . ½ . * * . . . . ½ . ½ . 2781
5. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2794 . . ½ . ½ . . . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . 2782
6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2762 0 . ½ . . . . . ½ . * * ½ . 1 . 2782
7. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2790 0 . . . ½ . ½ . ½ . ½ . * * . . 2 2701
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2780 ½ . 0 . . . ½ . ½ . 0 . . . * * 2622
Round 5 (March 16, 2016)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 30 A77 Benoni
Giri, Anish - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 30 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Topalov, Veselin - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 41 E15 Queens Indian

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