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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  • 3 years ago


    Fellow members, it takes 2 players to repeat moves and not 1. How can you say Anand was the one repeat the moves. Was he also repeating Carlsen's moves?

    I believe Anand will win the championship, but by a slender margin. All experts have been saying if Anand can hold up without losing the first half he stands a better chance of winning. This includes Kasparov, Karpov, Kramnik etc, people who have played Anand before and who know much better than we do.

    At 22 Anand was playing more aggressive chess than Carlsen is currently playing. It is just human nature as you become wiser, you become more cautious. Even Kasparov attacking style started diminishing by the time he retired.

    Some of these lines might be repeated in later games and I am sure one of them would have found a winning line by then.

    Anand knows very well that Carlsen is a python (someone who likes squeezing), so why give him a chance by letting him take you to the forest. At the same time Carlsen knows that he is playing the tiger (someone who can strike when you least expect). So he would want to allow him to take the battle to the jungle.

     Keep watching! Players make styles.

  • 3 years ago


    @chessking:  stop spouting nonsense you commiie troll

  • 3 years ago


    All in all ,at the end of the tornament what i know is that there must be a winner ,so whether they draw allthe 12 games it doesn't matter. So relax and enjoy as you wait for the winner at the end of it all.

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you Peter for this cool report. LIKEd!

    And I agree with ZEZPWN ... Don't you jus' nag about draws. They're highly professional ones who know how to handle these kind of high level and imptnt matches. So stop naggin' You ain't in their shoes! Undecided

  • 3 years ago


    fischer would have brought the hell on earth if he had found that disturbing crowd. lol

  • 3 years ago


    Hmm yes, but the Anand vs. Gelfand were 10 draws / 12 = 83,33%

    Now I don't care draw or win, just as football a 0-0 can be great or a 3-3, a horrible blunder is not so much fun as an exciting sacrafice that just fails to win and ends in a draw.

    I think the problem is more that now we did not have fighting draws on move 121 .. well, so far we have barely or not at all really left preparation. So did we see some "real"chess, not yet I guess.

    Both players have studied deeply lines they don't usually play. You could say this is interesting. But maybe only if you know who prepared these lines etc. From a neutral view it's a enormous amount of Houdini and preparation .. 

    I am a bit worried because in both games there was something, but both are really cautious and now we are down to a 10-games match. Which only makes it even worse to go down a game.

  • 3 years ago


    As a Carlsen fan, it was a disappointing performance. Had high hopes he would win in either of 1st 2 games. If this trend continues (all games drawn), then Anand will retain his title. And Carlsen isn't a world champ class afterall. 

  • 3 years ago


    (pasting it here as well).A lot of reports today just start with the end result, "oh its drawn by repetition in x, y, z moves etc". we all know that. But there is so much going on behind the actual moves. Why did carlsen choose caro-kann, the first time in may WCC matches that it was ever played? what is the authors take on why it was chosen. Did he expect Anand's seconds to be underprepared. Even before that what about the agressive first move from Anand? (I dont even know why E4 is agressive but the press keeps telling this and I would like to know why--these are the reasons I come to

    It really saddens me that men of such stature as Vishy and Carlsen have to apologize for playing the correct moves after years of hard work and dedication. Majority of human life is ordinary---boring and it is upto each one of us to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Get on with it and stop calling these great men cowards. It is not the critic who counts...

  • 3 years ago


    Fact: Fischer/Spassky 1972 ended in 11draws out of 21 games thats about a 51% drawing rate... which is fairly good (60% to 80% drawing rate average for top GM matches)

    Fact:Karpov/Kasparov 1985, 16draws out of 24 games = 65% drawing rate

    Fact:Capablanca/Alekhine 1927, 25draws out of 34 games = 74% drawing rate

    Fact: Capablanca/Lasker 1921, 10draws out of 14games = 71% drawing rate

    Draws are the norm in GM chess just because the margins for winning are very small against a good opponent. If you want to see a slug fest, put two 1400 patzers in there, I guarantee you will get the ride of your life as the patzer brawl gets knockouts each time.

    I think we noobs just go over a bunch of super-wins (immortal games) and don't appreciate that 70% of top games are drawn, and out of those only about 0.5% are spectacular.

    And every patzer having Fritz or Houdini and an internet connection doesn't help this "instant coffee" culture.

    So my fellow "noobs' and "senior noobs" go to work, go to the gym, take your girlfriend out and I will send you a telegram of the weekly results on Sunday. Then we can analyse them together at "patzer" speed over the internet instant coffee in hand.

  • 3 years ago


    Great article, thanks so much!

  • 3 years ago


    Now the only thing that can surprise me is carlson playing 2.Ke2

  • 3 years ago


    estao so a aquecer Cool

  • 3 years ago


    @P_G_M Would you mind no longer posting that same chess quiz show post over and over again? It makes you seem really crazy.

  • 3 years ago

    P_G_M should do a survey asking how many games the WCC should be (12 games or 24 games).

  • 3 years ago


    After the queen exchange, going for the repetition looked like a wise decision to me. Of course i cannot calculate all the variations those guys can see, but it was starting to look like one of those endgames where Carlsen shine and squeeze miracle wins.

  • 3 years ago


    Yeah, just let them play out the 12 games. Draws are acceptable results. The champ and challenger are entitled to their own strategy. Soon,someone will win and then it paves the way for fighting comebacks. So let them be. Leave them alone and stop criticizing our chess idols.

  • 3 years ago


    I think a match with sets like tennis would be an improvement. Were you have tie-breaks with quicker time format like in Tromso earlier this year.

    Were it could be 2 classical games and then tie-breaks and best of five or 4 classical games best of three.

    I like the last best, it would be similar to the Tromso final, this is too short. I guess one mistake and a hail mary game gone wrong and we can wrap this up. And these players are so well prepared to lock games and enter drawing lines.

    It would open up to a King's Gambit in game 4 when you are 2-1 down and it will surely spice things up considerbly imho.

    I did see other good ideas here, like ignoring draws for the final result, just start a new game directly after a quick draw etc. I think most were actually ideas of Fischer.

  • 3 years ago


    Chess game show: OK! Today's pop quiz guestion of the year. One half second time limit only. His last name starts with the letter (A). Can you guess who he is? Ready...set...GO! Cool

  • 3 years ago


    @Massimo12, the rule is no draw agreement before 40 moves. All other draws (repetition, stalemate, etc) can happen before 40 moves.

  • 3 years ago


    why not just let them play as scheduled and stop complaining. they have earned the right to draw in a world champoin match.

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