Kramnik Holds For A Draw In Game 2

Kramnik Holds For A Draw In Game 2

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Apr 22, 2012, 10:00 AM |
40 | Chess Event Coverage

Kramnik v Aronian 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge.jpg

The second game of the Zurich Chess Challenge ended in a draw today, leaving Levon Aronian ahead by 1½-½ after the opening pair of games in this 6-game match.

Aronian sprung a surprise by playing 1.e4 for the first time in many years, and Kramnik responded with the solid Berlin defence rather than his usual (also solid!) favourite, the Petroff.

The unusual choice of 9...Be6 from the Russian didn't seem to concern Aronian, who responded quickly with 10.Rd1+.

The tense tussle that followed was typical of the Berlin defence, with black walking a dangerous precipice but never quite falling into white's clutches.  Kramnik defended accurately to eventually extinguish all Aronian's winning chances and the game was agreed drawn after 37 moves.

Tomorrow is a rest day, so game 3 is on Tuesday when Kramnik will play with white.

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Name   Nat  Elo  1  2  3  4  5  6  Pts
Levon Aronian ARM 2820 1 ½ . . . .
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 0 ½ . . . . ½

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