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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.

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  • 10 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??

  • 10 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

  • 10 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!

  • 10 months ago


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

  • 10 months ago


    What time are the games in California?

  • 10 months ago


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

  • 10 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.

  • 10 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.

  • 10 months ago


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

  • 10 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.

  • 10 months ago



    I wonder if all that pressure of not making draws will lead bad choices during future games in this match. Both players were excusing themselves in the press conference for the draws, promised to do better etc. Everyone wants to see mad fights and blood, the viewers seem to hate draws - and some say it's even damaging for the public interest in chess, if there are so many draws.

    So next time one of them has the choice to force a draw or play on in a slightly worse position, will he be able to withstand this immense pressure and weight of expectations or will he do something that he'd not do otherwise, just to please the chess world ?



    yes it is stupid that a sportsman have to "apologise" for doing what he think is the best on the day....


  • 10 months ago


    06301989 yes Anand Made the draws. carlsen need to play better! my prediction is that Carlsen will win one game, then Anand will turn on the guns and go for it.

  • 10 months ago


    manchester united vs arsenal tonight is not a champions league match. 

  • 10 months ago


    Did you notice that It is Anand who repeated the moves in both games?

  • 10 months ago


    as an asian i bet anand but my heart is divided as i also admire carlsen.i think carlsen is going for tie breaks with faster time control thinking that he will beat anand in a fast breaking games.

  • 10 months ago


  • 10 months ago


    I object to the order of presentation.  The first piece of information I want to read is the first move, and the last piece of information I want to read is that the game ended in a draw.  Where's the suspense! It's got a "spoiler" in it! Chess is possibly more popular if it appeals to the child in us all.

  • 10 months ago


    Kenya Durant, I don't think it was Mr. Kirsan's  decision. He just moved the piece Carlsen wanted to play.

  • 10 months ago


    if the match will go on tie breaks with faster time control i think carlsen will win.anand should score in this classic games

  • 10 months ago


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