An uneventful game for the two players who had had a poor 4th round in Nanjing. The reigning world champion failed to find a fantastic save, shown later by Dr. Karsten Mueller, and suffered an upset, while Gashimov, who had been squeezing Carlsen for most of the game and had even had him on the ropes, somehow failed to convert his advantage into the full point. Both players were recovering from the shock of the previous day.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 This line is becoming quite popular in Nanjing!
5...Bg7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.cxd5 [8.b3 was famed Blackburne's choice back in 1887! However, in spite of its historical value, this is considered typical and even detrimental according to modern theory.]
8...cxd5 9.Qb3 b6 10.h3 Bc8!? An odd choice by Gashimov. [10...Bxf3 11.Bxf3 e6 12.Bd2 might give white better prospects due to his bishop pair.]
11.Bd2 Nc6 12.Ne5 Bb7 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Rfc1 Qd7 15.a4 Rfc8 Black has now successfully completed his development. The position is about equal and Gashimov's only care is the positional maneuvers which he handled accurately.
16.a5 bxa5 17.Rxa5 e6 18.Rca1 Bf8 19.Qa2 Rcb8 20.Nd1 Ne4 21.Be1 Rb7 22.Ba6 Rb6 23.Bd3 Rb7 24.Ba6 Rb6 25.Bd3 Rb7 1/2-1/2