Newsblog WCC Carlsen-Karjakin, Game 2 draw, 11-12

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11/12/2016 – Game 2 draw. Karjakin opened with 1e4, a Ruy Lopez. Before the game, Magnus Carlsen looked nervous. Both players started fast in the first 12 moves, a closed Ruy with 6d3. First exchange of pawns on move 18. Queenless middlegame after move 20. Updates coming up. More...

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World Chess Championship News - 2016-11-12

2016-11-13 9.00 Mumbai time / 4.30 Hamburg time/22.30 New York time: Was it just a boring dull draw or were there deep points to learn from? In depth analysis of Game two on ChessBase India newspage. The article is entitled as Carlsen's Mysterious rook moves and as the title suggests there are plenty of things we can learn from the World Champion's play.

Game 2 - comments within Sunday morning, CET:


23.14  / 5.14 pm New York time: After the game, reporters urged Karjakin to reveal his preparation secrets. Karjakin insists not to talk about openings during the match. Carlsen is impressed and joins forces. A phalanx of two Kings against the international media. Updates within the next 12 twelve hours, including commentary. Game 3 on Monday.

22.53 / 4.53 pm: No pawns on the Queenside anymore. A pair of knights and a rook for everyone. Draw.

22.40 / 4.40 pm: The game is a perfect example for a NQE, how Glenn Flear is calling these kinds of queenless middlegames in his book "Practical Endgame Play - Beyond the Basics". NQE stands for Not Quite an Endgame. The fact that the Queens are off the board and the Bishops doesn't mean it's a technical issue now. Compare to the expert opinion given by GM Karsten Müller.

22.37 / 4.37 pm: The venue, seen from outside by our correspondent Albert Silver

21.55 / 3.55 pm: Polgar is not satisfied with Karjakin's last moves (18-22), starting with 18de5. "I think Karjakin has completely misplayed this game. Black is going to be very active... Magnus is considering to take over the game. No problems for Black whatsoever. No chance that the game is going back to develop to Karjakin's favour." Judit Polgar's commentary is vivid and honest. What is most astonishing is that her voice is stable for hours. She will like to keep silent tomorrow to give her voice a break. The anchorman instead could be more inspiring and amicable.

21.47 / 3.47 pm: Packed crowd outside the 'dark room'.

21.39 / 3.39 pm: Two results for Magnus Carlsen only, according to Judit Polgar. Spanish torture comme il faut.

21.34 / 3.34 pm: First exchange of pawns on move 18d4xe5. Judit Polgar says Karjakin wants Carlsen to suffer in this game. "I can tell you, playing Karjakin in this situation, it's not fun. Even for Magnus."

21.34 / 3.34 pm: Carlsen leans forward, period of great concentration

21.27 / 3.27 pm: Body language for both players - relaxed attitude is over. Both players are highly concentrated. Carlsen is like a cat following a mouse with his eyes. Not moving, but with a straight back slightly leaning forward to the board. 

21.13 / 3.13: The players will run out of waiting moves soon. The position hasn't opened up yet. It's like baseline Tennis. 

21.10 Central European Time / 3.10 a.m. New York Time: We're giving both times now

20.54: There is a tremendously long line inside to get into the dark room, which is what is dubbed the inside spectator area by some.

20.47: Sergey Karjakin's second Vladimir Potkin expects a strategical battle.  

20.21: Today is a packed house. Hundreds in line in front of the venue to get in. The spectator area is extremely crowded. Far more than a massive chess geek gathering, it is a family day with parents in tow with their children.

20.02: Game 2 underway. Karjakin is opening with 1e4. It's a Ruy Lopez. 

Game No. 1 - Notes by Ruslan Ponomariov:


19.32: Apology letter by Agon: "Yesterday, the World Chess Championship started in New York City, and for the first hour of the broadcast, at least 50% of premium subscribers experienced technical glitches. We very much apologize for this and will make sure this will not happen again."

19.02: Check out the report of our man in New York City, Albert Silver: In the Epicenter

16.10: Some video impressions from the start of game one: ->Click here<-

11.58: Check out also our commentary by Daniel King: ->Click here<-

9.48: India is first: "Carlsen's benign Trumpowsky!" On ChessBase India IM Sagar Shah analyzes and looks at highlights of the first game of the Carlsen-Karjakin match. 

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