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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chennai World Chess Match Game 2 Draw: Is it warm Chennai Weather, Players Settling in, Or 2012 Replay Likely?

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

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Chennai World Chess Championship Game 2 Anand - Carlsen 1/2-1/2: Is it the warmth of the Chennai weather, the players are just settling in, or an Anand - Gelfand replay in the offing? We are not sure just yet. 

Viswanathan Anand - Magnus Carlsen World 
Chess Championship Game 2 1/2-1/2: 
Photo via official website. Replay the game with Chess King.

Game 2 at the World Chess Championship also ended in a draw this Sunday in Chennai. We're not ready to commit with a verdict yet even though most chess fans said they were disappointed with the quick draw.

The second game of the FIDE World Championship Match saw another repetition of moves (like Game 1) and the draw was agreed on move 25. Defending champion Viswanathan Anand's 1.e4 was met with the Caro Kann which, as Anand admitted at the post-game press conference, was a slight surprise for him. Magnus Carlsen played the Caro Kann last in 2011. Anand has had a recent experience in this line as he has won a nice game against GM Ding Liren, but this time he deviated on move 14 by choosing the seemingly sharper 14.0-0-0. An exchange of Knights and thereafter the Queen left the choice of battle for Anand. 

To the surprise of the commentators and audience alike, Anand decided to accept the trade of Queens instead of continuing to press with 18.Qg4. The resulting endgame was equal.

Monday is a rest day at the Chennai World Chess Championship. Both the players said at the press conference that they would be keen to relax and, possibly, watch football on Monday.

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