WCC R5: Fifth Game Fifth Draw; Karjakin Nearly Converts a Win

11.17.16 Carlsen, playing the White pieces in Game 5, opened with the Giuoco Piano an ancient opening first played in the early 16th century. The last time it was played in a World Chess Championship Match was in 1981 during the Karpov-Korchnoi Match. Karjakin was much better at some point and after the game Carlsen said he was lucky to get the draw. It was Karjakin's best game of the match--to procure winning chances after the previous two games, in which he was clearly worse, is a sure sign of his resilience and a harbinger of a great match to come. In the next two games Carlsen will have Black. Game 6 will happen tomorrow, Friday, November 17th.

Karjakin nearly pulled off a win in Game 5.
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Carlsen may have dodged a bullet in this game. He admitted he was much worse and was lucky not to lose.

The match continues with Game 6 tomorrow.

Replay Game 5

The match will consist of 12 games. The first player to reach 6.5 points will be declared winner and World Champion. If, after 12 rounds, the score is even, the Match will be decided by a series of tie break games.

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All games begin at 2:00 p.m. New York City time

Thursday, November 10 Opening Ceremony

Friday, November 11 Game 1

Saturday, November 12 Game 2

Sunday, November 13 Rest Day

Monday, November 14 Game 3

Tuesday, November 15 Game 4

Wednesday, November 16 Rest Day

Thursday, November 17 Game 5

Friday, November 18 Game 6

Saturday, November 19 Rest Day

Sunday, November 20 Game 7

Monday, November 21 Game 8

Tuesday, November 22 Rest Day

Wednesday, November 23 Game 9

Thursday, November 24 Game 10

Friday, November 25 Rest Day

Saturday, November 26 Game 11

Sunday, November 27 Rest Day

Monday, November 28 Game 12

Tuesday, November 29 Rest Day

Wednesday, November 30 Tie Breaks/ClosingCeremony

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