World Chess Championship: Anand fails to break through ‘toughest’ opponent Carlsen’s defence

Zee Media Bureau

Chennai: After forcing a draw in the first game against World number one Magnus Carlsen, defending world champion Viswanathan Anand was left surprised by the former in the second game that also failed to produce a winner.

In the second game of the 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship on Sunday, Carlsen came all prepared as he opened with Caro-Kann Defence leaving Anand wondering.

Anand was playing with white pieces and conceding an easy draw led him offering apology after being caught off-guard by the top-ranked Norwegian.

“Today it`s my turn to tender a slight apology. The position we got after move 12 is a very sharp one. I have studied it in the past, it`s very very complicated and I had not really expected it. That`s clear," Anand said at the post-game conference.

“Magnus’ results in the last few years speak for themselves. Definitely he is the toughest,” Anand said.

The first game for the Rs 14 crore prize money championship lasted just 16 moves ending on a positive note for the Indian who was playing with black pieces. The second went on till the 25th but the result was the same.

If the deadlock continues and the scores are still tied after 12 games, games of shorter duration will be played to determine the winner.

The championship resumes on Tuesday with Monday being a rest day.