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Day 5: Schwarzman 3 (1 classic, 1 blitz, 1 tiebreak) - Georgiev 2 (1 classic, 1 tiebreak)

Challenger and match leader Alexander Schwarzman recovered from yesterdays' defeat by beating world champion Alexander Georgiev in todays' tiebreak.

After quiet games in the classic and rapid stage where Schwarzman was focussed on consolidating his lead, he in the blitz game only narrowly escaped a certain defeat by Georgiev. Georgiev had reached a winning position, but with 54. 38-32 unintentionally offered an escape that Schwarzman gladly accepted. In stead of 54. 38-32, 54. 36-31 would have brought victory for Georgiev, or so at least reported the live analysis by computer program Sjende Blyn.

In the first tiebreak game, Schwarzman 'took off' and overruled his opponents strategy. In an already lost position, Georgiev came at the end of his thinking time and capitulated angrily. Angrily, of the sounds and gestures that were produced during the game by Schwarzman and that disturbed Georgievs concentration. At the time of writing, Georgiev is contemplating a formal complaint. Schwarzman, when asked about his extraordinary body language by referee Frank Teer from The Netherlands, recognized Georgievs complaint and promised to try and minimize disturbance as his for first time spectators bizarre moves and facial expressions are a natural habit. ,,I can understand that Georgiev was extremely disappointed after missing the win in the blitz game.”

If tomorrow challenger Schwarzman succeeds in winning the classical game, the World Title is his because of his lead in the blitz games. However, it may also very well be, that the decision for the World Title will only fall in the tiebreaks of the seventh day as both giants with two wins for Georgiev and three wins for Schwarzman until now remain very close to eachother.