World Championship G5 – Sveshnikov drawn in 27 moves

by ChessBase
5/17/2012 – In the fifth game Anand and Gelfand played 17 moves of theory, after which White deviated from the previous 2009 game and seemed to get a small advantage. However Anand allowed his Israeli challenger to trade down and after ten more moves there was nothing left to play for. Full report with pictures and videos, as well as double analysis by GM Romain Edouard and IM Malcolm Pein.

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The World Chess Championship 2012 is being staged in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, between the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and the winner of the Candidates tournament Boris Gelfand of Israel. The match is over twelve games and lasts from May 11 to 30. The prize fund is US $2.55 million, the winner getting $1.53 million (60%), the loser $1,02 million (40%).

Round five: drawn in 27 moves

The wait wasn’t long for enthusiasts expecting the King Pawn Opening from World Champion Viswanathan Anad. Playing with white in the fifth game, Anand opened with the king pawn for the first time in this twelve-game World Championship match against challenger Boris Gelfand.

Boris Gelfand before the start of game five

The surprise element as expected was missing with the Israeli GM too having anticipated this move by Anand. Gelfand counter surprised Anand by skipping his favourite Petroff Defence and instead opted for the Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence.

World Champion Anand played 1.e4 and faced the Sicilian Sveshnikov

Anand was once again not his usual self, and it was another slow and safe approach by the Indian, who is fighting in the Classical World Championship format for the third time, having defeated Vladimir Kramnik in 2008 and Veselin Topalov in 2010. It was once again a technical and positional battle which beginners and amateurs may find difficult to follow, but neither player conceded an inch. They followed the well analyzed and dissected main line of the Svehnikov and play was focussed on the queen side with pieces swapped at regular intervals. After 26 moves each player was left with a queen, rook and opposite colour bishops which had them unhesitatingly settling for a draw without anything left in the position.

Ilya Smirin and Alexander Grischuk doing commentary during round five

This was the fifth successive draw in as many games and leaves the score tied at 2.5-2.5.Gelfand will wield white pieces in the 6th game scheduled on Friday night.

Game five analysis by GM Romain Edouard

GM Romain Edouard, 21 years old, learnt to play chess at the age of five. He played his first national youth championship at ten, became a FIDE Master at 16, an IM at 17, and a GM at 18.

Romain won the French and European U16 Championships in 2006, came second in the U18 section in European and World Championships in 2007, and came second in the French Championship 2010 (shared first on points with Laurent Fressinet).

He has been a member of the French national team since 2009 (except in 2011). He won several international open tournaments: Bad Wiessee 2008, Zaragoza 2008, Echternach 2009, Andorra 2009, Hastings 2010, Echternach 2010, Clermont-Ferrand 2011, etc. as well as closed tournaments: Grand Prix de Bordeaux 2007, Antwerp 2011, Nancy 2012.

Romain delivers his analyses of the World Championship in Moscow minutes after the games have ended, something we greatly appreciate.


Game five analysis by Malcolm Pein

IM Malcolm Pein comments on the games on TWIC and live during each game via Twitter #telegraphchess.

Analysis of game five by GM Daniel King on Playchess

GM Robert Fontaine and his video producer Gérard Demuydt are in Moscow, producing video reports and interviews after each round for the French chess magazine Europe Echecs. We are grateful to receive the reports very soon after the end of the games, so that we are able to publish them on the same day. It is also great to catch a glimpse of the many interesting personalities that visit the World Championship.

Andrew Martin comments on game five

Video stream of the round (from the official World Championship site)

Once again the Russian organisers are providing unprecedented coverage,
with a HD video stream of the action and commentary by visiting grandmasters.

Pictures by Anastasya Karlovich in Moscow


 Vishy Anand
 Boris Gelfand  

Remaining schedule

Days of play, with live commentators on Note that the games start at 15:00h local time = 13:00 CEST, 07 a.m. New York or here in your location.

Fri May 18 Game 6 Loek van Wely
Sat May 19 Rest day  
Sun May 20 Game 7 Lawrence Trent
Mon May 21 Game 8 Oliver Reeh
Tues May 22 Rest day  
Wed May 23 Game 9 Daniel King
Thur May 24 Game 10 Yannick Pelletier
Fri May 25 Rest day  
Sat May 26 Game 11 Daniel King
Sun May 27 Rest day  
Mon May 28 Game 12 Sam Collins
Tues May 29 Rest day  
Wed May 30 Tiebreaks  
Thurs May 31 Closing  


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