As if to answer his fans and critics alike, Viswanathan Anand, after a long time, opted to start his game by moving the pawn before his king in a World Chess Championship match.
But the change of tactic did not bear fruit and the fifth game of his World Chess Championship match against Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand in Moscow too ended in a tame draw on Thursday. The two players are locked at 2.5 points each after five draws in the 12-game match.
Anand has predominantly been a king-pawn (1. e4) player till his World Championship match against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. On Thursday he returned to it and it seemed like Gelfand had anticipated the move and responded with solid defence.