Yorkshire Chess Association





England v Rest of the World, Round 5


Round 5 of the “England v Rest of the World” Scheveningen tournament at the 2021 London Chess Classic was played on 8th December.


The team score after round 4 stood at England 5-7 Rest of World.  Round 5 was a replay of round 2 but for the reversal of colours.


Adams and Jones both developed promising middlegame positions, and each went a pawn up.  While these two games were still in the middlegame, McShane and Gelfand had reached an ending where each had R + 3P, and although McShane managed to go a pawn up, it was not sufficient to win.  Meanwhile the others two games were still in play.  In Adams v Vitiugov, black sacrificed a rook for two minor pieces and the game was soon agreed drawn, albeit in a position which at first sight was unclear to the amateur spectator.  Meanwhile, Jones was successfully finishing of a lively sacrificial king’s side attack.


Fifth-round results were as follows:


Michael Adams


Nikita Vitiugov


Gawain Jones


Maxime Lagarde


Luke McShane


Boris Gelfand



That left the team score after round 5 standing at England 7-8 Rest of World, with the final round leaving everything to play for, for both teams.