World Chess Championship, game 5 – Live by GM Miguel Illescas 19:00 hours – And summary of the 1st round of El Llobregat Open Chess

By Redacción Ajedrez21

New tables: the aspirant does not risk

If anyone expected Nepomniachtchi to risk more with the white pieces they were very wrong. Enough time has passed since the start of the match to begin to understand the preconceived strategies of both players. In the case of the Russian player it seems clear that containment has been imposed, above all, perhaps thinking that this would somehow force the champion to expose himself more in the melee. Certainly, the course of the second game seems to prove the Russian player right.

But of course, Carlsen is also not the type of player to overexpose himself. It just doesn’t suit his style, and good proof of this is that he has retained his crown several times simply by waiting for the quick games in the tiebreaker. But watch out! Nepomniachtchi is undoubtedly more dangerous than Caruana or Karjakin in this discipline, which adds more elements of suspense to this world championship.

In any case, we saw again the anti-Marshall system in the Spanish Opening in today’s game, a battle horse of the challenger when playing White. And although the Russian tried another continuation, Carlsen was able to free his game with the break 13…d5. After the change of checkers on move 23, it was an even endgame, with a draw being signed on move 43, after a triple repetition of moves and immediately after the first time control on move 40.

Thursday is a rest day and the sixth game is played on Friday, in which the world champion will lead the white pieces. The World Championship will be played from November 26 to December 15 in a best of 14 games, and if they finish tied 7-7, a tie-breaker will be played in rapid games.


FIDE provides us with the live commentary signal in English of the great player and former world champion, Vishy Anand, a great acquaintance of the Spanish fans. In addition, Miguel Illescas, 8 times absolute champion of Spain, will comment on each game of the World Championship. It will do so through a live program starting at 7:00 pm. (UTC +1).

SCORE after game 5

Magnus Carlsen: 2.5 points.
Ian Nepomniachtchi: 2.5 points.

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Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi (Game 05) – former world champion Vishy Anand (in English)


World Nepomniachtchi vs. Carlsen (Game 01) – GM Miguel Illescas
Summary of the first game of the World Championship by Miguel Illescas, grandmaster and 8 times absolute champion of Spain.

Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi (Game 02) – GM Miguel Illescas
Summary of the second game of the World Championship by Miguel Illescas, grandmaster and 8 times absolute champion of Spain. Fast-paced action from the world champion that caught the challenger by surprise!

Round 1 – 2nd edition of EL LLOBREGAT OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT 2021

The tournament started yesterday, and on the opening day the main favorites won their games, with the notable exception of Spanish grandmaster Jaime Santos, who had to settle for a draw. Some of the outstanding victories were that of the current Spanish champion Eduardo Iturrizaga, who won in a difficult final, and the fine positional work of the former FIDE world champion, the Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov.

The second edition of elllobregat Open Chess 2021 will be held from November 30 to December 8, 2021 (9 rounds of play), at the Hotel Playafels in Castelldefels (Barcelona). It is one of the most important chess openings in Europe, with more than 50 grandmasters and an average Elo of +2300. The prize pool amounts to €25,000, which makes the tournament one of the most attractive for professional players.

The rounds are played in the afternoons, starting at 17:00h (except the last round which will be played on the 8th at 10:00 am). Outside these hours, complementary activities are being programmed to complement the tournament, both for the players and the general public. The simultaneous games to be offered by former world champion Anatoli Karpov on Tuesday, December 7 at the Maritime Museum, organized by the Diputació de Barcelona. In addition, the Russian legend will participate in other on-site events of the 2nd elllobregat Open Chess 2021.

From La Vanguardia we broadcast the main games live, which from 19:00 hours will be commented live by GM Miguel Illescas, 8 times absolute champion of Spain and former trainer of world champion Vladimir Kramnik.

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