Carlsen and Caruana Play Fifth Draw to Perfection

The Carlsen-Caruana match (November 9-29) continued to provide thrills and tension in round five, as both players fought to a draw in an incredibly well played game by both sides.

At first, commentators and #TeamFabi fans like me were optimistic as Fabiano seemed to catch Magnus unawares in a sharp line of the Rossolimo Sicilian, with the pawn sacrifice 6.b4.

After a stunningly well calculated defense, Magnus threatened to gain the upper hand, till he made a small slip with the natural move ….Kb6 instead of the engine preferred….b5.

…Kb6 was not as strong as it first appeared, because it allowed White to play the resourceful Bd2! With a check on e3 in reserve, White was finally able to include the forlorn b1 knight in the festivities. There were some funny variations, like the one I pointed out repeatedly on the Today In Chess broadcast with 29….e4 and 30. Ne1 checkmate.

Instead of this #TeamFabi fantasy variation, the two top players in the World continued to approach perfect chess, leading to an inevitable draw.

IM Eric Rosen is continuing to take over our twitter and instagram feeds.

Interact with Eric Rosen on twitter @USChess using the hashtag #CarlsenCaruana. Find out Eric’s philosophy on tweeting and match predictions in our earlier interview. is the tournament website. The Today in Chess broadcast daily with a new start time of 10 AM ET  will feature a star-studded schedule of interviews. Full list of viewing options in our Couch Potato guide. Find our media kit and mainstream media round-up here.  


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