Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen will face Viswanathan Anand in Game 5 of the 2014 World Chess Championship. Reuters

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Round 5 of the 2014 World Chess Championship between reigning champions Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand will take place at the Main Media Center in Sochi on Friday.

Where to Watch Live

Play starts at 12pm GMT. Live coverage of Game 5 will be available on the official FIDE website.


After Game 4 on Wednesday ended in a draw, the score is now level at 2-2. There was a rest day between Game 4 and Game 5 and the World Chess Championship resumes on Friday.

Carlsen won Game 2, while Game 3 went in Anand's favour. The last game had seen both players had a chance to dominate the game at different intervals. However, neither of them were able to convert it into a win, thus forcing a draw.

Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand is the second former champion, after Anatoly Karpov, to win the Candidates Tournament. Reuters

A victory for either the World No 1 or the five-time world champion in Game 5 will help them take the much needed lead. Anand will be playing with white pieces as he started the event with the same.

Betting Odds (

  • Magnus Carlsen to win the championship: 2/9
  • Viswanathan Anand to win the championship: 3

What Experts Say

P Harikrishna (India Grandmaster): "The next two games will be crucial for both the players. Anand plays white tomorrow (Friday). He won game 3 after a defeat and plays game 5 after a draw. If Anand approaches tomorrow's game as he did during third game (good home preparation, complicated position) it will have a pressure on Carlsen."