Defending champion Viswana-than Anand played smartly with black and earned a draw against rival Boris Gelfand in the second game of the World Chess Championship match here as the champion and the contender once again split points.
Anand equalised easily out of the opening,springing a surprise as early as in the fifth move. Gelfand spent a lot of time and it was clear that his options were limited at this move itself. Anand drew level on psychological terms.
As the game progressed,Anand once again produced a solid game. Gelfand could not think of anything better than going for the trade of queens and it was signal enough that Anand had what he was looking for. As it happened in the game,Anands tenth move was the perfect road to equalising. The center was wide open soon after as Gelfand went on an exchanging spree and it took little time for Anand to come up with the new move which put the Israeli again in deep thought.
The middle game never happened and Gelfand might have to look for other methods as Anand seems clearly better prepared with his black pieces. It may be recalled that the Indian ace had also successfully employed the Slav defense to beat Russian Vladimir Kramnik in 2008.
There is also speculation that Kramnik might be helping Gelfand for this match. The reason being that Gelfand and Kramnik have been friends for a long time.
It was a level position once the queens were off the board. Also the presence of opposite colour Bishop could not enthuse either player. I had a very small and symbolic advantage but blacks position is fine anyways, said Gelfand in the post game chat. Anand has played his cards right and the balance now tilts again in the favour of the reigning champion. But there is work to be done.
Anand was considered an overwhelming favourite coming to this match,but Gelfand has proved himself very well. Anands team will have to work out new ways,and Gelfand needs another surprise. For the record,the second game lasted just 25 moves and was not exactly entertaining for the chess buffs across the world.
Anand enthralled the audience in the press room with his nonchalant sense of humour. Asked about the first game and the fact that there was similar game between computers some time back,the Indian ace replied: Computers have nothing better to do.
Game 2: Gelfand played white
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nbd7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Bd6 10. Rc1 e5 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. e4 dxe4 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Bxe4 Nf6 15. dxe5 Nxe4 16. exd6 Qxd6 17. Be3 Bf5 18. Qxd6 Nxd6 19. Nd4 Rfe8 20. Nxf5 Nxf5 21. Bc5 h5 22. Rfd1 Rac8 23. Kf1 f6 24. Bb4 Kh7 25. Rc5 game drawn.