WCC Game 2: After a Tense Battle, It's a Draw

11.27.21 Game 2 of the World Chess Championship was an exciting one with three results possible throughout most of the game. Carlsen sacked the exchange on 20.Rb1 and pressed to the point where Black seemed to be in serious trouble. To Nepomniachtchi's credit, the Challenger weathered a complicated onslaught and navigated to a theoretically drawn endgame.

Game 2 of the World Chess Championship ends in a draw.

FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich made the ceremonial first move of the game. Leaning over a whispering Magnus Carlsen, Dvorkovich played 1.e4. After the entourage left the stage, Carlsen promptly pulled the e-pawn back and played 1.d4 and the players went into a Catalan.

After Carlsen played the sharp 19.Nd6, it was clear that three results were possible and that the World Champion was willing to press for the win. When Nepo played 31...Rb6 former World Champion Vishy Anand, commenting on the game for the official FIDE broadcast, said, "32. Qxc5 and without any calculating Black is in trouble." and then added, "The current verdict is Black is suffering."

On the other hand GM Fabiano Caruana, the most recent World Champion Challenger to Carlsen in 2018, said after the players shook hands on move 58, that a draw was a good result for Carsen as he was down the exchange in the middlegame with questionable compensation.

Game 3 begins at 7:30 a.m. eastern tomorrow, Sunday, November 28th.

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The players struggling during Game 2 image: FIDE Official Broadcast

Ian Nepomniachtchi gives a post-Game 2 interview to Mike Klien from Chess.com


The match will be played over 14 standard games.

The first player to reach 7.5 points wins.

At the opening ceremony, a drawing of colors determines who will start with the white pieces.

The time control is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.

If the scores are level after the regular 14 games, four tie-break games will be played. These are rapid games with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.

If it's still equal, two blitz games will be played (5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment). If it's still equal, a second pair of two blitz games will be played. If there is still no winner after five such matches, one sudden-death game will be played.
The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the player with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds starting from move 61. In case of a draw, the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

The players cannot draw a game by agreement before Black's 30th move.

A claim for a draw before Black's 30th move is permitted only through one of the arbiters in
the cases of a threefold repetition.


Another interesting game that was a lot more back and forth than any from the previous match. Carlsen seemed to be nearly lost, then 10 moves later it was Nepo under pressure. Hopefully these twists and turns will yield some decisive results in the next few games. As long as the match doesn't get decided by rapid tiebreaks again I'll be happy.

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