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


    What did you expect? Action? The stakes are high, it's a World Championship Match. Nobody wants to make a mistake, so they are playing very carefuly. Besides these were first two games, the opponents are testing each other's home preparation, they are trying to find weak sides of the opponent. I think on Tuesday the game will be much longer and Magnus will try to take lead with white. 

  • 3 years ago


    Boring. This is a disaster for chess. Where's the beef? 

  • 3 years ago


    There sure are some geniuses posting in the comments here.

  • 3 years ago


    It seems like World champ is really tesing the patience of Magnus who likes to play agressively.Anand is on top and completely under controll for the two games and has some emotionl advantages.I hope some classic fireworks from the world champ soon....

  • 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


    With Leko in your team, you'll never lose a game. You'll also never win a game ;p

  • 3 years ago


    how much pice money do they get ?

  • 3 years ago


    I believe that Anand has an advantage by having the great Peter Leko in his team, who I believe has the greatest knowledge of opening theory of all GM.

    Lets remember that Leko tied 7-7 the WCC vs Kramnik, who was then at the top of his game.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen will have come to Chennai with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Its smart strategy for Anand to draw the first 4-5 games and kill off that energy. Maybe it will frustrate Carlsen into playing too aggresively, maybe if they draw them all and it goes to the quickplay games Anand will be more at home. Either way it makes more sense for the more mature player to be patient and allow his opponent to stew in all the pressure.

  • 3 years ago


    Give annotated pgn in this type of news items please sir.

  • 3 years ago


    I think for every draw under  40 moves $100,000 should be deducted from the prize fund!

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen was successful in taking the game out of Anand's books. Realizing that Carlsen is however prepared in the variation, Anand made the smart decision to draw with queen exchange. I'm sure some fireworks are in place, hopefully sooner than later.

  • 3 years ago


    I agree you calze6.

  • 3 years ago


    This match shall be named "the repetition series" I think that they should change the system so that it should be first to win "X" number of games wins, rather than best of "X" to avoid playing for draws all the time.

  • 3 years ago


    Ok. Lots of people think that Anand is playing like a chicken. I agree you to some extent. I think Anand isn't playing very brave. playing for a draw in a position that you have a slight advantage isn't a sign of bravery for sure. But we have expected this. He is 22 years older and has 100 less elo points. It is a wise idea for a person with these conditions to play for a draw. But I hate this Magnus. Reti as white and Caro-Kan as black? If I want to be honest, Anand's choice to play e4 was really a brave choice. Ruined by Magnus's choice.

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