London Chess Classic: Day 5 Round-Up

Not for the first time this week, there was a lone decisive game in a round of the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour. With only four decisive results (out of 25) so far, chess fans from all over the world will hope for the players to come back well-rested after tomorrow’s free day!

Levon Aronian getting some help with his first move, under the watchful eye of Malcolm Pein


The first game to finish today was the encounter between Vachier-Lagrave and Giri, which ended in a 31-move draw in a topical Berlin Defence. Next to finish were the games Aronian-Carlsen and Adams-Nakamura, which both ended in draws after the balance was never really disturbed.

For the third consecutive day, Caruana missed a big opportunity to get on the scoreboard, as he threw away a huge advantage against Grischuk. He will mostly be kicking himself for missing 46.Qg6, which was winning on the spot.

The last game of the day to finish – after over 6 hours of play – was Anand against Topalov, where Vishy scored his first win of the tournament after outplaying Topalov.

Live games with analysis


Marion Richardson Primary School


In the 5th and penultimate game of the British Knockout Championship Final, we had another balanced draw between Pert and Howell. This means that Pert will have to win with the black pieces tomorrow to level the score and take the match into a play-off.

In the FIDE Open, after 6 rounds an incredible total of 10 players are in the joint lead with 5 points. With 3 games to go, anything could still happen in the Festival’s biggest side event.


As is usual at the London Chess Classic, daily events are organised for the schools, including simuls, lessons and a little tournament. Before the start of today’s round, Marion Richardson Primary School from Tower Hamlets was additionally awarded the British Chess Educational Trust.

You can now read John Saunder’s excellent detailed report of round 4 on the London Chess Classic website, and the one from today’s round 5 will be available soon. You can also find photo galleries of the Classic, the Junior events and other events (such as the British Knockout Championship Final and the FIDE Open) on Ray Morris-Hill’s website.


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