Topalov defeated Ivanchuk with the Black pieces. The game started out very quietly with symmetrical pawn structure. But as you know, nothing is ever quiet with Topalov. Fireworks were traded and Topalov came out on top.
Radjabov and Vallejo had a wild and exciting game. It ended up in a draw on move 51 when each side only had a King left.
Bacrot and Leko had a peaceful 28 move get together and decided to call it a day.
Aronian proved that he is as strong as his rating by beating Svidler in a slightly better Bishop and Knight endgame. The key to the endgame was the location of Svidler’s pawns, on the same color as Aronian’s Bishop. This was a good endgame lesson for all players.
After 5 rounds, the standings are:
1. 4.0 GM Peter Leko (Hungary 2740)
2. 3.5 GM Peter Svidler (Russia 2765)
3. 3.0 GM Levon Aronian (Armenia 2752)
4-7. 2.0 GM Etienne Bacrot (France 2717), GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine 2729), GM Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan 2700), GM Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria 2801)
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