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Anand-Carlsen: game 2, a Caro-Kann, drawn in 25 moves - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/10/13, 3:10 AM.

The second game of the World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand, playing the white pieces, and Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw after 25 moves. The crowd was pleased with the World Champ's move 1.e4, which was awarded with applause, as was 6.h4 and some other moves. The second quick move repetition was met with less enthusiasm, and the players expressed at the press conference that they're also hoping for more spectacle. The score is 1-1, with 10 more games to go.


After the surprisingly quick draw in the first game, few people expected that the second game of the Anand-Carlsen match would last even shorter. Despite playing more moves, the players only spent an hour and ten minutes at the board this time, and again the point was split.

Vishy Anand, whose main weapon was 1.d4 in his previous two title matches, started his first white game with the king's pawn, which was applauded by the audience. According to Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan the players can actually hear this, so the glass between them and the audience is not a hundred percent sound proof.

Carlsen quickly replied with 1...c6, the Caro-Kann Defense, which he had only played six times before. A theoretical line was followed for quite some time, and the chess fans got excited quickly when a position came on the board with castling on opposite sides. But, like on Saturday, the players drew their game in less than 1.5 hours.

Anand, who spent most of his time on the moves 12-14, admitted that he was surprised by his opponent's opening play. "It was a mild surprise. The position after move 12 is a very sharp one and I hadn't really expected it, that was clear. I had to decide if I wanted to fly blind or... I chose a slightly solid line."

Basically it was Anand who went for the "emergency brake" today as he got maneuvered into a position where his opponent was better prepared. "Today it's my turn to tender a slight apology. I am sorry about the decision but I decided to be a bit prudent today."

The handshake before the game | Photo Anastasiya Karlovic courtesy of FIDE

Perhaps with last year's heavy criticism on the many draws against Boris Gelfand in mind, Anand was quick to add: "I am sure there will be better games than these two."

Top GM Hikaru Nakamura, known for his fighting spirit, was one chess fan to be disappointed about the match so far:

Carlsen, however, made it clear that he understood his opponent's decision. "Especially when you're caught in prepation, it's hard to go for the sharpest lines." He compared the start of the match with his previous event in the world championship cycle. "It is similar to my start at the Candidates' tournament and that one took off quite quickly."

The one moment where Anand could have tried for more was move 18, where Qe4-g4 was suggested. Local R.B. Ramesh of Chennai, one of the official commentators, felt it was a good try for the World Champion, without running any risk. However, it seems that both players are playing it safe at the start of the match.

Another cheerful moment at the press conference | Photo © Lennart Ootes

One journalist asked the players if they would be watching the Champions League match Manchester United vs Arsenal. Anand said he might, but that the computers "would not be switched off". Carlsen said: "Yeah sure, now that you mention it!"

Monday is a free day and Carlsen plays with the white pieces again in the third game on Tuesday. Ten games remain to be played in this 12-match series which has a prize fund of Rs.14 Crores.


On a final note, it should be mentioned that before the game the author of these lines was approached by one of the organizers responsible for technical issues. Having read the first report, he explained the reason behind the internet lag the other day and that it had been resolved. And indeed, the internet was much better today. Great service!

Again hundreds of spectators showed up for the game
At the entrance, a board is set up where people can write wishes to the players...
...like this little girl
Again the venue was sold out on Sunday
The same ritual as the first game: Carlsen arrives at the board first...
...followed by Anand, who did arrive in the rest area before his opponent
While Carlsen takes a last moment of relaxation...
...Anand prefers to concentrate deeply at the board
The handshake for game 2
Applauded by the audience, Anand starts with 1.e4...
...to which Carlsen has prepared the Caro-Kann
Again controlled by police, the photographers...
...got into a scrimmage again
...watched by Carlsen
...but the players didn't seem to be disturbed too much
Don't forget that during the games Chess.com is providing a live show, and after the games there is a special Morning After show for American viewers. Both can be foud at Chess.com/TV.

39294 reads 158 comments
14 votes


  • 23 months ago


    Interesting opening. Much feelings.

  • 23 months ago


    LOL, obviously biggest chess experts sit at home, whatch the game online and commenting on chess.com, what should have been played.

  • 23 months ago


    Soy un aficionado de por vida al ajedrez. No me gustan las tablas, pero entiendo que es una parte de un match estrategico. Nunca he criticado un jugador que las forza. Pero esta vez opino que Anand debio jugar Dg4, y buscar ganar ... A ver si no lo lamenta mas tarde. Ahora es otra vez nada para nadie.

    I am a life time chess fan. I don't like drawns, but I understand they are part of an strategic match. I have never critizise a chess layer who look for drawn in any situation. But now I think Anand should play Qg4 and look for wining ... Let's see maybe later he will miss this chance. And now again nothing for nobody.

  • 23 months ago


    The play so far is no different than, say, a finals match at Wimbledon or the US Open in tennis, where the first few games are often a little subpar due to opening jitters, the stakes involved, etc.  Once Anand and Carlson are warmed up, so to speak, we can expect much better games.  At least, I certainly hope so.

  • 23 months ago


    Looks like we're having just an exhibition match so far, not quite a WCC match yet. Expect battles, tension, twists and turns in the rounds to come.

  • 23 months ago


    this tournament is going to be boring

    they are playing like amateurs for drawn!

    anand was one of my favorites but after these games we can see the player who likes drawn result is anand,becasue he repeats moves first!

  • 23 months ago


    After 18.Qg4 , Black could just reply with 18....Kh7 after which giving the Black Queen a very good control of the center especially those two open light squared diagonal plus White is almost forced to move 19.Kb1 to defend the a2 pawn being attacked by the Black Queen....they're still pretty equal after this position though..just my opinion :)

  • 23 months ago


    They should not be ashamed of drawing.  There are still plenty of games to play, they need to develop a feel for their opponent's overall tournament preparation and strategy before taking calculated risks.  These guys (especially Anand) know what they are doing, there is a strategy to winning a world championship match.  If they wanted to appease the public, they'd set up an exhibition match starting with complex and dangerous middlegame positions.

    Besides, What's the worst that can come of early draws...the tournament decided in the final game or in tie-breaks?  More dramatic and fun for us!

  • 23 months ago


  • 23 months ago


    +1 Cavatine!  If chess needs to be a show, the journalists covering it should understand this as much as the players.  Find a way to recap these games in a way that doesn't tell the ending before you've told the story!  There is all this drama to capture... Anand plays 1.e4!  Wow!  Carlsen chooses the Caro!  Didn't see that coming!


    A draw would be much more exciting if you didn't put the outcome in the title.  Show a few moves, break for commentary, show a few more moves, break for commentary... check out IM Silman's article game analysis style, it would work better imo.

  • 23 months ago

    CM Montanez

    Anand could have won after 18. Qg4. A world champion who could not attack this kind of position...this is a total mystery??

  • 23 months ago


    all those who are saying that fide president decided which move to play yesterday must be really making a joke. i laughed my heart out when i first read such a comment. and for chess' sake, i hope they ain't right.. lol

  • 23 months ago


    It was Carlsen's turn today to draw first blood. Now that the formalities are done with, both players "warmed up", its time for the heavy weaponry to make its entrance. Carlsen will become ruthless as the games progress, question is can Anand bring out the cunning fox mentality? Only time will tell... but for now, let them polish their armours during the rest day. Good luck to both players!

  • 23 months ago


    They r like at 1 am so u prob won't be up

  • 23 months ago


    What time are the games in California?

  • 23 months ago


    Manchester U - Arsenal is not from the Champions League, but a Premier League match Tongue Out

  • 23 months ago


    Anand was more responsible for the draws. He had a choice to veer from repetition without hurting his position. Carlsen will win 7 to 5 now.

  • 23 months ago


    i think anand should had play 20. g4 and that's make the game more interesting. he should ignore the coming of 20. ......a5 and instead follow it by the move 21. Rg1. i'm not using any computer engines for analysis but the position itself tells much of the story. anand has the initiative and advantage. a very big advantage. his a4 pawn tells much the difference. i'm a fan of magnus but the way anand play, i think he has to step up and play his best game. if not, anand will just play for the draw and will take the game on rapid play in which he is good on it.

  • 23 months ago


    Cripes! Phooey! One more draw and I'm switching to the Mahjong Championship!

  • 23 months ago


    @ KenyDurant: The Fide persident should ask player that has white what he wants to play, and then he just make the move that player wanted.

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