WCC 2014 G2: Carlsen Scores with White and Takes Lead 1.5-0.5

11.09.14 Magnus Carlsen did not wait long to get on the board with his first win. In this the second game of the match, Carlsen essayed a Ruy Lopez to which Anand responded with one of Carlsen's own favorites--The Berlin Defense. Carlsen, playing confidently, built up a nice advantage and after 26. Kh2 GM John Fedorowicz, commenting on the game for the Internet Chess Club, said, "White can't go wrong." He didn't and forced Anand to resign after White's 35th move. Tomorrow is a rest day. Action resumes on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. eastern time.

Magnus Carlsen heads for the break room after posing some problems for his challenger. Photo courtesy Nastia Karlovich

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Total
Magnus Carlsen 2863 1/2 1 1.5
Vishwanathan Anand 2792 1/2 0 0.5

In the middle game, after Carlsen's 26. Kh2, commenters all agreed White's position was dominating. With 28. Qe2 Carlsen established Alekhine's Gun on the e-file and that spelled doom for the Black position.

I was watching the game live online with my ten-year-old daughter when Anand played the more-than-dubious (albeit in some time pressure) 34...h5. My daughter glanced at the position and said, "Why doesn't he (Carlsen) play Qb7?" As if Carlsen heard her, he picked up his Queen and placed it on b7. Anand immediately responded by offering his hand in resignation.

Back on Tuesday for Game 3!

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Twelve games will be played between November 8 and 28. The first player to score 6.5 points or more will be the World Champion. In case of a tie rapid and (if necessary) blitz games on November 27 will decide the match.

The venue is the Sochi Media Center, in Sochi, Russia. Players have 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds added per move starting from move 61. The prize fund is 1 million euro with 60% going to the match winner.

World Chess Championship 2014
Match Schedule

Games will begin at 3:00 p.m. Moscow time which is 7:00 a.m. on the east coast of the United States.

08 November 2014 Saturday Game 1
09 November 2014 Sunday Game 2

10 November 2014 Monday Rest day

11 November 2014 Tuesday Game 3
12 November 2014 Wednesday Game 4

13 November 2014 Thursday Rest day

14 November 2014 Friday Game 5
15 November 2014 Saturday Game 6

16 November 2014 Sunday Rest day

17 November 2014 Monday Game 7
18 November 2014 Tuesday Game 8

19 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

20 November 2014 Thursday Game 9
21 November 2014 Friday Game 10

22 November 2014 Saturday Rest day

23 November 2014 Sunday Game 11

24 November 2014 Monday Rest day

25 November 2014 Tuesday Game 12

26 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

27 November 2014 Thursday Tie-break games

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