Shamkir, Round 5: Anand, Navara and Grischuk with wins

by Johannes Fischer

4/5/2019 – There were three wins in Round 5. Vishy Anand won against Anish Giri with the help of his strong pawn centre, David Navara benefited from a tactical inaccuracy vs Ding Liren and Alexander Grischuk showed how strong the bishop pair can be against Veselin Topalov. Magnus Carlsen and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov drew as did Teimour Radjabov and Sergey Karjakin. With 3½ out of 5, Carlsen remains the sole leader. GM DANIEL FERNANDEZ examines all the games. | Photos:

Carlsen retains half point lead
V. Anand 1-0 A. Giri

Viswanathan Anand scored a nice win over Anish Giri. In a variation of the Berlin defence White gained a pawn majority on the kingside after exchanging his light-squared bishop for Black's c6-knight, which he used to arrange his pieces on strong squares. After an inaccuracy from Giri, Anand got a strong passed e-pawn, and when Giri weakened his king position so as not to be crushed by the white pawns, Anand moved in for the kill.

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