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... 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... which Carlsen has prepared the Caro-Kann
Again controlled by police, the photographers... 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 is providing a live show, and after the games there is a special Morning After show for American viewers. Both can be foud at

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  • 2 years ago


    I agree completely with Dan Heisman that a world championship match should be at least 16 games, preferably 24 like in the old days. What we have now are matches where both players are afraid to take any risks due to the short nature of the match. They are waiting until someone makes the first significant mistake. If the match is tied then we have the lottery - the world championship should not be decided on speed games.

  • 2 years ago


    draws= advantage WC ....magnus is the challenger.  he must take the initial risk at some point.  12 games is a very short match.  It favors the WC.  Vishy is a great speed chess player and is considered one of the best.  I dont believe Carlsen has an adv, with tie break/blitz games.

  • 2 years ago


    wow, so much ignorance. I think the funniest of all mentioning a .38 pawn advantage.

  • 2 years ago


    Isn't this great, nearly 20% of the 12 games are finished?? I think it's ludicrous that they are only playing a handful of games in the championship.

  • 2 years ago


    Am1n3 - Nice thoughts.

    I think both Anand & Carlsen are better than fischer not because fischer was weak but because the way chess has evolved over last decade because of computers.(Had Fischer born after Computer Era, He could have been 3000 Elo rated player or may be weaker than 2700)

    You put Older championship matches in computer where advantage used to shift in 1 or 2 moves. But in both the games Maggy & Vishy has played best or second best moves...If you check my games I have lesser drawing percentage than any Chess grandmaster :).

    Common guys, chess is not just played for win by making weaker moves...Its WCC where nobody wants to play 1 weak move and throw game away...Both of them played best possible move at the end and if they hadn't, opponent would have got strong advantage...Lets see what we have got in coming matches.

  • 2 years ago


    anyone happy? repetion in almost a 10 move longer game. Shocking that the caro-kann was play. good for carlsen

  • 2 years ago


    Anand is controlling the match so far...
    Let´s see what will happen. 

  • 2 years ago


    slowly carlsen is gaining psychologically... 

  • 2 years ago


    Anand has won the mental battle...At start of Championship people had thought Carlsen would be aggressive & vice-a-versa. But Champ seems to be hungrier for win than Carlsen whoes opening choice has been dull in both the matches.

    Can Magnus push Vishy with unconventional moves in the way he had been against others...

  • 2 years ago


    in order to be the world champ you must beat the world champ.

  • 2 years ago


    how did bobby fischer often avoid the draw? he could have wiped out anybody who studies with computers.

    for serious, anand had an advantage on the kingside due to more space there as white. carlsen had good counterplay on the queenside. but white had good chance to win. he missed it. bobby would have taken advantage of this and win game 2.

  • 2 years ago


              if all rounds are draw ,    definitely carlsen would draw in tie breaker and  his aim is to draw anand in     " life or death"  match                                    [ 5mins to defending champion - 4mins to offending champion ]        so he backs up the title  ,,,  all the best   anandSmile

  • 2 years ago


    We are light years from very interesting  1972 world chess championship  , where draws were not in the opponents mind before the game  started  . the only thing in their mind was    WIN WIN WIN .  

  • 2 years ago


    why this match get draw ? 

  • 2 years ago


    I wish,Tuesday Match will be better.

    and i agree you platolag

  • 2 years ago


    I like Anand's new style! He's playing much better than he was versus Gelfand. Anand will retain his crown!

  • 2 years ago


    Was looking forward to watching this match, but because its in India, the entire games will stretch across an entire working day in the UK. Shame.

  • 2 years ago


    "...softly, softly, catchee monkey."    Rudyard Kipling

  • 2 years ago


    very sad

  • 2 years ago


    It's clear that Anand wanted fireworks in this game with E4 opening, but Carlsen chose the safest route for draw with the Caro-cann.  Carlsen afraid to battle it out with Anand because he lose before in the Ruy Lopez and Sicilian.  After the queen-exchange, the game look drawn.  Another disappointment for Carlsen fans.

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