FIDE World Chess Championship Game 2: Adventurous Carlsen Scrambles For Draw
Both players had chances in today’s fighting draw. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE.
Updated: Nov 27, 2021, 6:41 PM
The reigning world chess champion, GM Magnus Carlsen, from Norway, and his Russian challenger, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, faced each other today in the second game of their FIDE World Championship 2021 match in Dubai. After some trickery in the opening and interesting—but not necessarily accurate—moves in the middlegame by Magnus, and some too-quick responses by the Russian challenger, game two ended in another draw. In other off-the-board news, an NKR employee covering the event tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. The third round is scheduled for tomorrow, again, at 16:30 Dubai (13:30 CET, 4:30 a.m. Pacific).
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Yesterday’s game ended in a draw after 45 moves. Nepomniachtchi achieved a slight opening advantage, but the titleholder soon put him under some serious pressure in the middlegame when both players were on their own and seized the initiative in the kind of position he feels most comfortable with, only for Nepo to neutralize with accurate play in the endgame (which is usually the world champion’s strong field). With both players being visibly not too excited about this outcome in the press conference, the spectators (and probably the two players themselves) were hoping for a decisive game today.
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