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FIDE World Chess Championship: Anand - Topalov survive blackout to draw Game 5

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Vishwanathan Anand defended his fortress with the zeal of a young man, and the wisdom of his immense experience - innovating on move 15, to leave his opponent perplexed; and then staying sharp as a tack on moves 29 and 30 to erase any hope for Topalov who was playing white in Game 5 of the FIDE World Chess Championships.

The Bulgarian opened in exactly the same way as games 1 and 3, when he had white moving forward with the queen pawn to d4. Anand responded with the Slav defense just as he did in Game 3. Queen were exchanged early by moves 10 and 11, as the players adapted the Smyslov variation and the first 14 moves were exactly those used in the earlier Game. The knights followed the queen off the board, as the players exchanged a pair of them on moves 11 and 12.

Anand made a slight variation on move 15, advancing the rook pawn to h5 instead of the earlier h6. In that game Topalov had the opportunity to take his pawn to h5 on move 17, he had to find something new today.

Though the variation neither caused advantage nor ruin for Anand, it certainly helped the champion take advantage of his better preparation, forcing Topalov to spend time analyzing its ramifications before proceeding with caution.

Darkness engulfed the arena while Anand was contemplating his 17th move, due to a power outage in the entire area. The arbiter held time stopping the timers, and the darkness was an irritant to the immense concentration of these players. Later after the Game, Anand commented on the situation - "I took some extra time after the electricity supply was resumed just to make sure of my next moves and then executed it."

Anand used move 17 to establish his knight at e5, before exchanging rooks on moves 19 and 20, leaving Topalov with little room for attacking initiatives. Anand sacrificed a bishop in exchange for Topolov's second knight on the 23rd move, leaving the experts reflecting on a draw as the only likely result. Topalov was candid in his assessment, "I missed Anand's [22nd move]," he confessed. "It was very strong. I will need to be more precise in future games."

By move 29 and 30, Anand advanced his rook pawn to g5 shutting down any remaining hopes for a result. Topalov persisted with the position, before finally running his rook between c3 and c5 in a repetitive move to signal a draw under the Sofia rules. It took 44 moves and just over four hours, but the game was heading for a draw far earlier.

Game six is on Saturday, followed by the third day of rest on Sunday. It is advantage Anand, as he will play whites in the sixth game, with Topalov losing both previous games while playing with black.

Scores: Anand 3.0 - 2.0 Topalov

Moves: Access a visual representation of the entire match here.

Story so far: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3 & Game 4.

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