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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Round 5: Magnus Carlsen Top Scores in Classical Section

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2014

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The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 had only one decisive game in Round 5. Against the Marshall-Gambit, Levon Aronian's home territory, the US-Italien Fabiano Caruana had a well defined. Aronian underestimated Caruana's chances even as the latter gave up his bishop pair and build a strong centre forcing Black to eventually resign. 

Round 5 at Zurich Chess Challenge 2014. Photo Maria Emelianova/official website

In the game between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, Caruana, the game petered to a draw by move 18. However, the duo played on until move 40 so as to avoid the rapid game which would have been obligatory to play according to the rules of the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 in case of an early draw.
Replay all games of Round 5 at the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 with Chess King.

Boris Gelfand, with the black pieces, was well prepared against Hikaru Nakamura's 1. e2-e4. A draw by repetition on move 21 forced the two players into a rapid game, which was won by the Israeli.

StandingsRank Name Pts. Elo
1 Magnus Carlsen 8 2872
2 Levon Aronian 6 2812
3 Fabiano Caruana 5 2782
4 Hikaru Nakamura 4 2789
5 Viswanathan Anand 4 2773
6 Boris Gelfand 3 2777

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