Candidates: game 5 also drawn

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Game 5 Candidates final also drawnAlexander Grischuk (Russia) and Boris Gelfand (Israel) also drew their 5th game of the Candidates final in Kazan, Russia. Grischuk got an advantage in a Queen's Gambit Declined but then allowed a tactic by Gelfand that held the balance. One more classical game will be played tomorrow and if necessary a tie-break on Thursday.

General info

The Candidates matches take place May 3-27 in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Levon Aronian (Armenia), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) were knocked out in the quarter-finals. In the semis, Alexander Grischuk (Russia) won against Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Boris Gelfand beat Gata Kamsky (USA). The quarter-finals and semi-finals consisted of four classical games and tie-breaks; there are six classical games in the final. The winner qualifies for a World Title match against Vishy Anand next year. More info here; tie-break rules here.

Final, game 5

He finally got some chances, but even after today's fifth match game Alexander Grischuk hasn't won (or lost) a single classical game in Kazan. In a 5.Bf4 Queen's Gambit Declined the Russian managed to outprepare Boris Gelfand, and got a nice advantage with the white pieces. However, at move 22 Grischuk allowed a tactic with which Gelfand could solve all his problems immediately. The two played a few more moves in an ending, but it was just drawn.

Grischuk said at the press conference:

It was and interesting game. White had a big space advantage but Black had lots of different types of breaks, for example e6-e5 or sometimes a bishop sacrifice on f4. I probably didn't play the most precise way and I let Black achieve e6-e5. After that my advantage is just symbolic and nothing happened after that.


Gelfand again didn't have much to add:

I had a slightly passive position. I manoeuvred my pieces to the best possible squares. After I managed to get in e6-e5 my main problems belonged to the past. I still had to be accurate but basically that's it.


Grischuk-Gelfand Candidates final, g5 (Kazan) 2011

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