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


  • 3 years ago


    The WCC should be a 24 games match and if it ends tied then the WC retains the title. should do a survey asking how many games the WCC should be (12 games or 24 games).

  • 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


    nakamura and kasparove are just pi****

    Kasparove might come out of retirement if his first wonder-kid fails to topple Anand and the second one (Naka)  fails to qualify for the play-offs.

  • 3 years ago


    lack of ideas.

    so many ppl suggest that draws are a cause of lack of trying...think again and listen to the commentators/players comments.


    both games landed in sharp teritory and then players decided to uncomplicate.

    unlike fisher(/whatever player you gush about) era this is computer era, and any decent player will know the pitfalls of tactical play against a better prepared oppnent (Anand was better prepared in game 1, Carlson in Game 2).so forcing the less prepared opponent to choose a less aggresive stance resulting in DRAW.

  • 3 years ago


    I think something about Carlsen seems very in control of what happens... Everyone keeps saying Vishy has so much more experience, which i agree, he does. However, he cant seem to pull one out here... I think Magnus will take this.

  • 3 years ago


    A bit like a top of the table premier league match where both sides are determined not to lose rather than take a chance atwinning, but these guys are the best so no truc from me.

  • 3 years ago


    Houdini vs Houdini, whose machine will prevail

  • 3 years ago


    Anand made the correct decision to go for the repetition. If he tried to attack on the kinside, Black's attack would have landed first, as analyzed by Danny King.

  • 3 years ago


    Always annoying when people complain about draws (even Naka).. It's part of the game.

    Don't like it? Here's an idea. Qualify for a world championship match yourself, and you'll be free to turn down whatever draw offers you feel like. Until then, show some respect for the world's greatest chess players.

    EDIT: But yeah, I agreem they need a longer match where a mistake by one side might force someone to "force the play" a bit. 12 games is just too short.

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    great report, good effort by carlsen

  • 3 years ago


    like 29...Bxh2?

  • 3 years ago


    Impressive opening preparation by both players as black.

    To me it seems that Anand made the final decision to repeat moves in both games. I think it was wise in the second game, but maybe too cautious in the first game.

    I  believe no one has won a game with 1. e4 in the world championship matches since around 1995. Is it because it is the sharpest and hence most suited to prepare against ? Is 1. e4 drawish on this highest level ?

    I definitely think we will see a tough game in the third round. Carlsen clearly went for a maneuvering type position in the first round, but Anands precision play forced the draw. I think Carlsen will aim for the same type of game in the third round and succeed to obtain it.

    In the first minutes there was a fight among the photographers on the other side of the window !

  • 3 years ago


    I want to see more Bobby Fischer creativity from these two, move that will stun us.

  • 3 years ago


    All aboard the Chess Express to Drawsville.

    Me joke.  Who am I to say how GMs should play when I can barely keep my head above 1300?  Lol.

  • 3 years ago


    So far it's Capablanca - Capablanca with a perfect draw every time. They also both probably think they're favored in the tie-break rapid games. We need a longer match where accidents may force one side to play catch-up and create a real fight. Else they could do away with the rapid tie-breaks and make it a short tie-break more likely to be decided by accident.  It could be something like a set of 4 games of 3'/G with a 1"/m tiebreak and (if necessary) 1 armageddon game.

  • 3 years ago


    what to expect from drawnand

  • 3 years ago


    Exactly CMD!! :)

  • 3 years ago


    Interesting opening. Much feelings.

  • 3 years ago


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

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