WCC R2: A "Completely Normal" Draw

11.12.16 That's how challenger Sergey Karjakin described game 2 in the World Chess Championship. The game started as a Ruy Lopez and followed well-trodden main lines until the game entered unchartered territory on Black's 12th move with Re8. Carlsen had an easy time liquidating to an even endgame and at times looked bored with the position. In a match of this nature, draws are very common during the first few games as both players feel each other out and are mostly unwilling to tip their preparation hand too early. The Match is tied at 1 point apiece. Sunday is a rest day. Game 3 will take place on Monday, November 14th.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen (right) plunks down 9...Na5 during game 2 of the World Chess Championship.
images courtesy worldchess.com

Replay Game 2

The match will consist of 12 games. The first player to reach 6.5 points will be declared winner and World Champion. If, after 12 rounds, the score is even, the Match will be decided by a series of tie break games.

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All games begin at 2:00 p.m. New York City time

Thursday, November 10 Opening Ceremony

Friday, November 11 Game 1

Saturday, November 12 Game 2

Sunday, November 13 Rest Day

Monday, November 14 Game 3

Tuesday, November 15 Game 4

Wednesday, November 16 Rest Day

Thursday, November 17 Game 5

Friday, November 18 Game 6

Saturday, November 19 Rest Day

Sunday, November 20 Game 7

Monday, November 21 Game 8

Tuesday, November 22 Rest Day

Wednesday, November 23 Game 9

Thursday, November 24 Game 10

Friday, November 25 Rest Day

Saturday, November 26 Game 11

Sunday, November 27 Rest Day

Monday, November 28 Game 12

Tuesday, November 29 Rest Day

Wednesday, November 30 Tie Breaks/ClosingCeremony

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